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College Football Playoff rankings: Zero non-power five teams in latest poll

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Once again there are no Mountain West, or non-power five teams ranked week.

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The College Football Playoff committee released its latest edition of its top 25 poll, and it is pretty clear that strength of schedule is playing a huge role. That is why for the third straight week there is no team ranked from outside of the power conferences.

Utah which has a tough schedule and plays in the Pac-12, and despite getting thrashed to Oregon this past week they fell only a few spots. Then there is Texas A&M which did get a nice win over Auburn but they have three loses -- as does Utah -- and were thoroughly embarrassed by Alabama and were not all that close in loses to Mississippi State and Mississippi.

Undefeated Marshall is no where to be found -- yes its schedule is bad and is holding them back -- neither is a one-loss Colorado State team that is on an eight-game winning streak.

It seems that at this pace there will be zero teams outside of the Group of Five that will be ranked at all this year. That is an extreme measure since there are still three regular season weeks left this year.

The committee seems to rather place teams from a Power Five conference in the mix than non-Power Five teams that are winning and playing the league schedule they were dealt. Colorado State has played a pair of Power Five teams in Colorado and Boston College. The former is bad at 2-8 and the latter is a decent 6-4 team from the ACC.

It is understandable for a three-loss LSU team to be ranked in this poll, and 17 might be a somewhat high, but at some point wins have to mean something. In college football with 128 teams the sample size is small and there are only three or four games that teams can control each year to boost its strength of schedule, it is hard to really know how good some teams are.

The way the committee has been voting it seems that a team outside of the Power Five will never sniff the playoffs in addition to probably just earning a token ranking at the end of the regular season.

Rank Team Last week Week 11 result Toughest opponent left (per F/+) If the season ended today ...
1 Mississippi State (9-0) 1 Won 45-16 vs. Tennessee-Martin Alabama Sugar Bowl vs. TCU
2 Oregon (9-1) 4 Won 51-27 at No. 17 Utah Oregon State Rose Bowl vs. Florida State
3 Florida State (9-0) 2 Won 34-20 vs. Virginia Miami Rose Bowl vs. Oregon
4 TCU (8-1) 6 Won 41-20 vs. No. 7 Kansas State Texas Sugar Bowl vs. Mississippi State
5 Alabama (8-1) 5 Won 20-13 (OT) at No. 16 LSU Auburn Orange Bowl vs. Clemson
6 Arizona State (8-1) 14 Won 55-31 vs. No. 10 Notre Dame Arizona New Year's bowl
7 Baylor (8-1) 13 Won 48-14 at No. 15 Oklahoma Kansas State New Year's bowl
8 Ohio State (8-1) 14 Won 49-37 at No. 8 Michigan State Minnesota New Year's bowl
9 Auburn (7-2) 3 Lost 41-38 vs. Texas A&M Alabama New Year's bowl
10 Ole Miss (8-2) 12 Won 48-0 vs. Presbyterian Mississippi State New Year's bowl
11 UCLA (8-2) 18 Won 44-30 at Washington USC New Year's bowl
12 Michigan State (7-2) 8 Lost 49-37 vs. No. 14 Ohio State Maryland
13 Kansas State (7-2) 7 Lost 41-20 at No. 6 TCU Baylor
14 Arizona (7-2) 19 Won 38-20 vs. Colorado Arizona State
15 Georgia (7-2) 20 Won 63-31 at Kentucky Auburn
16 Nebraska (8-1) 13 Idle Wisconsin
17 LSU (7-3) 16 Lost 20-13 (OT) vs. No. 5 Alabama Arkansas
18 Notre Dame (7-2) 10 Lost 55-31 at No. 9 Arizona State Louisville
19 Clemson (7-2) 21 Won 34-20 at Wake Forest Georgia Tech Orange Bowl vs. Alabama
20 Wisconsin (7-2) 25 Won 34-16 at Purdue Nebraska
21 Duke (8-1) 22 Won 27-10 at Syracuse Virginia Tech
22 Georgia Tech (8-2) 24 Won 56-23 at NC State Georgia
23 Utah (6-3) 17 Lost 51-27 vs. No. 4 Oregon Arizona
24 Texas A&M (7-3) NR Won 41-38 at No. 3 Auburn LSU
25 Minnesota (7-2) NR Won 51-14 vs. Iowa Ohio State