There is finally a significant change to this season’s bowl projections, and it has nothing to do with a team losing. Oregon, a 49-13 winner at Arizona State, replaces Texas as the No. 4 team in the College Football Playoff. The Ducks are now projected to be Georgia’s opponent in the Sugar Bowl semifinal after beating Washington in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Three weeks into the CFP Rankings, it is apparent that there is nothing Texas can do to give the committee a reason to jump them over Oregon if the Ducks win out. Texas’ win at Alabama is not carrying enough weight to hold off Oregon, even if the Longhorns run through the remainder of their schedule as well.
Texas is now projected to the Fiesta Bowl to face Tulane. Washington moves to the Cotton Bowl for a matchup with Alabama. Both face unranked conference opponents in Rivalry Week they should blow through those respective matchups.
For the second straight week, a CFP contender lost a key player. Last week, Texas saw running back Jonathan Brooks — the nation’s seventh-leading rusher — sidelined for the season. This week, Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis was carted off the field with a leg injury in the first quarter of a win over North Alabama. With Travis now lost for the season, redshirt junior Tate Rodemaker will continue as FSU’s starter after leading the Seminoles to a 58-13 victory.
It was probably good to him a game like this to ease into the job. Florida State visits rival Florida next week. Coincidentally, the Gators lost starting QB Graham Mertz, likely for the rest of the season, with a broken collarbone suffered in their excruciating loss at top-10 Missouri. Max Brown will step in for Mertz next Saturday night in The Swamp.
The CFP Selection Committee will…
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Author : Jerry Palm
Publish date : 2023-11-25 03:35:58
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