or many ranked teams, the last chance to influence the College Football Playoff selection committee before its first ranking of the season will come away from home.
Thirteen ranked teams are playing road games this weekend, from No. 2 Clemson to No. 25 Appalachian State, and only two are playing another ranked team. That’s not including No. 3 Notre Dame taking on Navy in San Diego and No. 7 Georgia and No. 9 Florida having their annual meeting in Jacksonville, Florida.
All that travel raises the likelihood of upsets and unexpected results, like last week when Purdue pounced on Ohio State in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The 13-member committee meets this weekend and its first rankings will be unveiled Tuesday night. There is a long way to go and history suggests there will be plenty of movement between the first rankings and the final selections on Dec. 2. The committee’s first top four has never been the same as its final one.
No. 1 Alabama is off this week. Same goes for No. 4 LSU. The Crimson Tide and Tigers play Nov. 3, ensuring at least some shake up from week one to week two of the rankings. No. 5 Michigan, No. 10 Central Florida and No. 11 Ohio State are also off.
The most intriguing man on offense. Overall, his breakout season has been a rousing success. He’s third in the Big Ten in rushing (772 yards, 6.5 per carry, 110.3 per game). He’s often looked as flashy and as versatile as Saquon Barkley.
But he’s still underused. He did become more involved in the pass game last week, which is mandatory going forward. Feeding him more can take away some heat from quarterback Trace McSorley.