Well, I can’t say that it’s completely unexpected, but the Hawkeyes were snubbed by the CFP committee in the College Football Playoff’s final regular season rankings. This comes after Iowa entered the Coaches Poll and AP Top 25, coming in at #25 and #22, respectively.
All-in-all, it doesn’t mean a whole lot for Iowa’s season to not be ranked in this particular poll, or any, for that matter. It would have been nice to be able to see them with a number in front of their name, but for all it’s worth, being ranked wouldn’t have gotten the team any sort of accolades with no shot at the playoff. Of course, it is still possible for Iowa to meander its way into the rankings after this upcoming weekend, as #23 Virginia Tech could very well lose in the ACC Championship Game and drop out of the rankings.
It is interesting that in the CFP rankings, only three teams dropped out of the Top 25, as compared to the six teams in both of the other two major polls. Nebraska dropped out of the Top 25 completely after being ranked #16 in last week’s edition of the polls, while Boise State and Washington State also found their way out of the Top 25. Tennessee and Houston both remained in this edition of the Top 25, but were bounced from the AP and Coaches polls, likely leaving Iowa on the outside looking in.
For those of you that are interested, here is how the CFP Top 25 currently shapes up:
|Rank||Team||Conference||Prev week||Week 13 result|
|1||Alabama, 12-0||SEC||1||W vs. Auburn, 30-12|
|2||Ohio State, 11-1||Big Ten||2||W vs. Michigan, 30-27|
|3||Clemson, 11-1||ACC||4||W vs. South Carolina, 56-7|
|4||Washington, 11-1||Pac-12||5||W at WSU, 45-17|
|5||Michigan, 10-2||Big Ten||3||L at Ohio State, 30-27|
|6||Wisconsin, 10-2||Big Ten||6||W vs. Minnesota, 31-17|
|7||Penn State, 10-2||Big Ten||7||W vs. Michigan State, 45-12|
|8||Colorado, 10-2||Pac-12||9||W vs. Utah, 27-22|
|9||Oklahoma, 9-2||Big 12||8||Bye|
|10||Oklahoma State, 9-2||Big 12||10||Bye|
|11||USC, 9-3||Pac-12||12||W vs. Notre Dame, 45-27|
|12||Florida State, 9-3||ACC||14||W vs. Florida, 31-13|
|13||Louisville, 9-3||ACC||11||L vs. Kentucky, 41-38|
|14||Auburn, 8-4||SEC||13||L at Alabama, 30-12|
|15||Florida, 8-3||SEC||15||L at FSU, 31-13|
|16||West Virginia, 9-2||Big 12||18||W at Iowa State, 49-19|
|17||Western Michigan, 12-0||MAC||21||W vs. Toledo, 55-35|
|18||Stanford, 9-3||Pac-12||24||W vs. Rice, 41-17|
|19||Navy, 9-2||AAC||25||W at SMU, 75-31|
|20||Utah, 8-4||Pac-12||22||L at Colorado, 27-22|
|21||LSU, 7-4||SEC||NR||W at Texas A&M, 54-39|
|22||Tennessee, 8-4||SEC||17||L at Vanderbilt, 45-34|
|23||Virginia Tech, 9-3||ACC||NR||W vs. Virginia, 52-10|
|24||Houston, 9-3||AAC||20||L at Memphis, 48-44|
|25||Pitt, 8-4||ACC||NR||W vs. Syracuse, 76-61|
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The Top 10 is really interesting, and it will be fascinating to see what the committee does after Championship Week, particularly with the four Big Ten teams in the Top-7. Ohio State looks like they’re locked in at #2, while Michigan, Wisconsin, and Penn State all sit at #5, #6, and #7, respectively. Will the Big Ten champion be able to bounce either Clemson or Washington from the Playoff? If one of those two teams loses, will Michigan have a chance to enter instead? So many questions that we won’t have the answers to for a whole week.