LSU is the on top of the CFP hill

Published 3:39 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2019

LSU is on top of the world.

After beating Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium last Saturday 46-41, the Tigers undoubtedly feel invincible. I don’t blame them one bit.

Joe Burrow had an absolute gem of a game with a few Heisman moments sprinkled in for good measure. At this point, he is running away with that trophy as the clear, undisputed favorite. As much as I hate it for Jalen Hurts, it doesn’t look like Oklahoma will pull off the Heisman Hat-Trick after all.

The entire Alabama team, on the other hand, didn’t look like the squad I expected to see. Silly mental mistakes, bad plays and poorly timed turnovers ruined them in the end. Tua was off his game. Whether that’s because of his injury or not, I don’t care—he showed up in the biggest game of the season too late.

Now, everyone is wondering if Alabama will even make it into the playoffs. The best team left on its schedule is Auburn, who will potentially have 3 losses by the time the Iron Bowl rolls around. If LSU continues its domination through the SEC Championship game against Georgia, and the Pac 12 Champion is a 2-loss team, then maybe the Crimson Tide has a chance of squeaking into the playoffs. But what if Georgia wins the SEC Championship (don’t laugh too hard, it could happen!)? If there ever were a time to put two SEC teams in the playoffs, it would be then with Georgia and LSU, likely leaving Bama with a Sugar Bowl bid.

Of course, all of this is under the assumption that Georgia, LSU or Alabama doesn’t lose another regular season game over the next three weeks.

Another team that seems like a sure bet in the playoffs, Ohio State, might not have as easy of Big 10 Championship game as it thought. I was dead wrong about Minnesota, and I’m glad I was.

Perhaps Penn State was slightly overrated (there always seems to be a team ranked in the Top 4 of the first College Football Playoffs rankings that immediately loses the next game), but the Nittany Lions are still a talented, well-coached team. And they got body slammed by the Gophers. It’s been so easy to sleepwalk through games against Minnesota for the last decade. Not anymore.

If the Buckeyes play the Gophers in the Big 10 title game, I am putting all my money on Minnesota (Monopoly money, of course). Their rise to prominence has been a joy to watch, and though they still have to play Iowa and Wisconsin, I see a very clear path to a 12-game win streak going into the game in Indianapolis.

Down in Texas, the other surprisingly undefeated team has its biggest game of the season on Saturday. The Baylor Bears beat TCU last Saturday to remain a perfect 9-0. This weekend they host Oklahoma.

Will the Sooners drop another game and become completely eliminated from all playoff hopes?

Will Baylor’s unexpected win streak finally get snapped?

Stay tuned!