By Joel Silverberg / @JoelSilverberg
Last week the top ten teams in college football held their own. It nearly happened again for the second straight week.
Then Oklahoma State happened.
The Cowboys’ win over West Virginia combined with Ohio State’s near-upset loss to Maryland provided some excitement in the playoff race, but with two weeks remaining until the final four teams are announced the picture is still lacking some clarity.
Here’s this week’s good, bad and ugly.
The Good: Notre Dame. The Irish have had some big matchups this season and so far they’ve answered the call. A beatdown over a top 15 Syracuse team in a neutral site game might’ve been Notre Dame’s last big stage to impress the committee. A rivalry game with USC stands between the Irish and an undefeated season.
Honorable Mention: Texas. The scenario is simple. Thanks to Texas beating Iowa State it needs a win at Kansas and needs Oklahoma to beat West Virginia for the Longhorns to make the Big 12 title game. Both are likely.
The Bad: West Virginia. A win would’ve guaranteed a spot in the Big 12 Championship. Instead the Mountaineers blew a ten-point lead in the fourth quarter to Oklahoma State and now West Virginia needs to beat Kyler Murray and Oklahoma to keep its conference title hopes alive.
Honorable Mention: Ohio State. The Buckeyes needed a misfired pass on the last play of the game to survive a scare from Maryland. Terrapins quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome had his man in the end zone on the go-ahead two-point conversion attempt. He just missed his man. Aside from a dominant win over Michigan State, the Buckeyes have looked unimpressive since their loss to Purdue.
The Ugly: Colorado. The Buffaloes started 5-0 and were a top 20 team. Now Colorado has lost six straight games (including to Oregon State) and Mike MacIntyre was fired ahead of Colorado’s finale at Cal.
Honorable Mention: Boston College. Two weeks ago the Eagles were still in fairly good shape to pull out a very respectable 10-win season. Now after a loss to a poor Florida State team Boston College needs to beat a competitive Syracuse team just to avoid finishing in the bottom half of its own division.