On occasion the result of video games really feel like seismic shifts, don’t they? There’s no method to know till later, in fact, the true magnitude. And somebody who predicts the dying of Alabama after a loss is, neatly, simply don’t do this. Within the large image, ‘Bama isn’t essentially going any place anytime quickly. However it sort of feels lovely transparent: LSU has in spite of everything arrived.
8 years after that Nine-6 extra time slog, the Tide and Tigers attached for a Giant 12-style shootout. It was once very good leisure. It was once a revelation: Yeah, LSU is for actual. (“We’re the simpler soccer workforce,” Ed Orgeron mentioned he informed his workforce closing week, and he was once proper). Yup, LSU is just right sufficient to win all of it. Yep, LSU is now No. 1 within the Soccer 4. Is there actual explanation why to argue?
None of because of this Ohio State did anything else fallacious in putting 70-plus on Maryland, or that Clemson isn’t terrific, too. However the LSU Tigers geaux proper to the highest seed.
As all the time, take into accout we select the bracket as though the season was once over these days.*
WINNERS AND LOSERS:LSU, Alabama, Minnesota lead manner in Week 11
1. LSU – The Tigers exorcised 8 years of agony with a 46-41 win at Alabama. Extra vital, they transfer to the very best of everybody’s ratings.
2. Ohio State – Some other week, any other dominant efficiency by way of the Buckeyes. Wouldn’t it’s amusing to compare them in opposition to LSU?
three. Clemson – We’ve heard all about that cushy ACC time table, and it is vitally cushy. However Clemson is doing precisely what it will have to do in opposition to that time table.
Four. Oregon – The Geese have been idle this weekend however moved into the bracket as a result of occasions in different places. It’s now not somewhat this easy, but when they may be able to win out, they’ll have a actually great resume for the Soccer 4.
Five. Minnesota – Every week in the past, all of us checked out that undefeated file and sniffed: However they ain’t performed no one! Smartly, about that. Given an enormous alternative, the Golden Gophers took complete benefit to disillusioned Penn State.
6. Utah – Took the week off. If the Utes can win out, it’s a equivalent state of affairs to Oregon: At 12-1, they’ll have a shot to paintings their manner into the bracket.
7. Oklahoma – Upon getting out to a three-touchdown lead, the Sooners’ defensive problems from closing yr reemerged. However they escaped Iowa State. Now comes an sudden Giant 12 showdown with unexpected unbeaten Baylor.
eight. Alabama – A overdue landing to tug the Tide inside of one rating may subject sooner or later, however ‘Bama wishes lend a hand to get again into the Soccer 4 combine.
A Few Extra After That***
Baylor – The Bears by some means escaped Fortress Value with a win in opposition to TCU in 3 overtimes. They’re unbeaten. And now they get Oklahoma in Waco with a shot to make their case for the Soccer 4.
Georgia – Glance, Georgia has a pleasing protection. It has a pedestrian offense. And that house loss to South Carolina (and its third-string quarterback) appears to be like worse week after week. However simply win (out), child, and you might be in.
Penn State – That great resume now features a just right loss, we wager, at Minnesota. Penn State’s most effective trail is to win out.
Auburn – Idle this week. However the Tigers may just rearrange the SEC and Playoff dialog with Georgia this week and Alabama on Nov. 30.
Arkansas – Arkansas paid $1.Five million to usher in Western Kentucky … which then beat down the Hogs 45-19. It’s Arkansas’ 7th consecutive loss, and there may be numerous explanation why to wonder whether the theory about Chad Morris’ long term (in most effective his 2d season) is ready to achieve essential mass.
Michigan State – The Spartans led Illinois by way of 3 touchdowns within the fourth quarter … and misplaced on a landing with Five seconds left. It’s their fourth consecutive loss.
South Carolina – Understand that win in opposition to Georgia? Yeah, that was once great. However a 20-15 loss to Appalachian State. Ugh. And Clemson nonetheless looms at the time table.
Missouri – Actual communicate: If the Five-Four Tigers withdraw their enchantment to the NCAA and settle for the postseason ban … after which don’t qualify, anyway — wouldn’t that make some sense? Oh wait, they play Arkansas.
* The season isn’t over these days.
** Don’t be nervous that your workforce sits simply outdoor the lower. It is a weekly snapshot. And what do we all know, anyway?
*** See the former notice, nevertheless it’s OK to be relatively involved or very indignant. However what do we all know, anyway?
**** No notice essential.