As the Clemson Tigers were being crowned the 2017 College Football Playoff National Champions on Monday night, this meant that yet another college football season was officially put into the books. We’ve seen some pretty incredible things this season. Clemson finally pulled it off, we learned how to “Row the Boat,” Lamar Jackson struck the pose, the Ohio State/Michigan rivalry has officially been revived, and Chris Petersen’s Washington Huskies brought relevancy back to the Pac-12.Read More
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And that’s a wrap! The 2016 college football regular season (minus the Army-Navy game) has officially come to a close. It’s been a wild season, despite Alabama’s dominance and stranglehold on the playoff’s top spot.
Now the fun begins, as the actual playoff committee has to decide whether Ohio State actually deserves a spot, despite not being a conference champion and losing to a team that did actually win their conference. Does Washington deserve a spot, despite playing in a weak Pac-12, but doing work on pretty much every team in the conference, including their Pac-12 title game thrashing of a strong Colorado team? Regardless of what the real committee believes, here are the OSR playoff committee’s final rankings!
Thanks for following along all season and a big thank you to Team Chaos for making this a crazy last month and a half. Now lets go bowling!
1. Alabama (13-0): “Alabama came out in the second half and did unspeakable things to Florida, posting their third 50 point game of the season. This defense is one of the best I think we've seen in years and this team is special to watch.” – Justin Wagner
2. Ohio State (11-1): “Say what you will about Penn State winning the Big Ten title, but I think that Ohio State’s resume with wins over four nationally-ranked opponents is too strong. Wins by Oklahoma and Penn State on Saturday helped the Buckeyes and they are worthy of a playoff spot.” – Curt Ashcraft
3. Clemson (12-1): “The Tigers really made things interesting with some late penalties against Virginia Tech, but the defense came up with a huge 4th down stop when it mattered the most. The offense may be too dependent on Watson's legs, but at this point you have to put all your chips on the table.” – Matthew Ruskan
4. Washington (12-1): “The Huskies went into the PAC 12 Championship and flat out took care of business. Colorado got dominated in that game...so much so that it looked like Washington was in a warm up game.” – Matt Shock
5. Penn State (11-2): “The Big Ten Champs did everything it could as of late to be in the college football playoffs. They are crowned Big Ten Champs, but the two losses to Michigan and Pitt were just a little too much for me to put them in the playoffs, while Washington only has one loss and has been dominating their opponents.” – John Pearson
6. Michigan (10-2): “The Wolverines needed a lot to get into the playoffs and it just didn't go their way. They knew going into the game against Ohio State that if they won, they were in and if they lost, they were out. A couple of losses from Clemson, Washington and Wisconsin could have done them wonders, but it wasn't meant to be. An incredible season they had nonetheless.” – John Pearson
Now it’s officially conference championship week (except for those clowns in the Big 12…) and we actually have some toss up games, in my opinion. I think the Big 10 championship between Wisconsin and Penn State might just be the best of the weekend, as both teams have shown vulnerability this season, but seem to be peaking at the right now.Read More
Another week, another top-four team losing. With Louisville’s loss and the impending top-four matchup between Ohio State and Michigan, this means we’ll have four-straight weeks with a top-four team losing to end the season. Since my Oregon Ducks have been garbage this season, (minus that huge win at Utah!!) I’ve been all-in on Team Chaos. So really, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the college football season.Read More
It was a dogfight to the very end, but the Buckeyes emerged victorious in East Lansing! In the latest edition of ‘The Buckeye Hangover’ Podcast on ‘Our Sports Report’, our own Matt Shock and Curt Ashcraft break down a frustrating win over Michigan State, hand out some legit 'Grown-Ass Man' Awards, and get you ready for Michigan week as the Wolverines invade Columbus this Saturday for 'The Game'!Read More
Week Nine of the college football season saw a handful of top-10 teams lose on the road and Clemson made a legitimate case for jumping in the rankings with their win over Florida State. It’s also reached that time in the season where our committee here at OSR differs a lot on the bottom teams in our top-10 rankings.Read More
It’s Nick Saban’s world and we’re just living it. Seriously, his Crimson Tide looks untouchable for the foreseeable future. So while they continue to mow through the rest of the SEC, lets focus on the rest of the country where they’re still playing fun and competitive football. Alabama games aren’t even fun to watch right now.Read More
Remember last week when I boldly (stupidly) claimed that either Alabama or Ohio State would lose their top-ten matchup? Yeah, about that…sure the Buckeyes put up their scariest performance of the season, they were going up against a very solid Wisconsin defense. I won’t even dive into the Bama and Tennessee game, because the score line (49-10) and total yards (594-163) speak for themselves.Read More
For the first time this season we have a consensus number one team in the OSR College Football Playoff Rankings. Congratulations to Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide, I’m sure this is an honor they never saw coming and are greatly appreciative to receive.Read More
Week five of college football gave us a solid selection of top-10 matchups, some easy victories for top teams, and another last-minute Tennessee victory. Both Clemson and Washington seem to have cemented...Read More
Wisconsin’s huge blowout of Michigan State in East Lansing booted Sparty from the rankings and welcomed the Badgers in their place. Otherwise, the weekly OSR College Football Rankings remained mostly unchanged as the top teams in the nation performed well in the first big weekend of conference play.Read More
We are only three weeks into the 2016 college football season, and oh what a wild ride it has already been! Coming off of a week when Oklahoma and Notre Dame were pretty much eliminated from the College Football Playoff, we find ourselves in a crucial fourth week where many flawless records may come to an end. Can the Gators stay perfect in Rocky Top? Will the Hogs crush the Aggies in College Station? Is there an upset brewing in Pasadena? See who our experts went with in our latest College Football Picks!Read More
Back for yet another great year is the OSR College Football Playoff Rankings! There is still a lot of football to be played between now and January 9, 2017 when all eyes will be on the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t already had a ton of exciting football.Read More
Note: The Celtics, 76ers, Nuggets, and Suns are all very likely to make a trade involving their first round picks, but I assumed that they could not get any deals they liked when doing this, and drafted the players I thought they would draft.Read More
Today we’re going to look at the East, and No. 2 overall seed UNC.Read More