It’s that time of year again, folks: we’re 69 (nice) days away from the first games of the College Football Playoffs, which means it’s time for the first iteration of the College Football Playoff rankings!
The Iowa Hawkeyes are coming in at a solid No. 18 ranking, which is pretty fair, given the team’s 6-2 record.
Coming in at #18 in the Initial #CFBPlayoff Top 25 | #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/ysuvxRCKY1— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) November 6, 2019
Check out the entire top 25 in the thread below:
The season's first CFP rankings are rolling in:— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) November 6, 2019
23. Oklahoma State
22. Boise State
Other Big Ten teams in the rankings include Ohio State (1), Penn State (4), Wisconsin (13), Michigan (14) and Minnesota (17 lol). Count ‘em, that’s nearly half of the conference in the playoff rankings. Not bad! Penn State at the No. 4 spot is genuinely shocking to me. Sure, the Nittany Lions are good, but edging out the defending national champion is just plain disrespectful. While they certainly deserve to be in the top ten, I haven't seen anything from the Nittany Lions that puts them even in the same league as Clemson, Ohio State, LSU or Alabama, but hey, we always call for parity!
Plus, these rankings are meaningless, especially at this point in the season. There’s still a lot of season left. As for Iowa, whether they stay in the rankings will depend on their wins, obviously, and how their losses occur. A close loss to Wisconsin this weekend probably doesn’t knock them out of the rankings next week, but a blowout might. Who knows!
Regardless, it’s good to be here! Go Hawks.