College football playoff standings reactions: Alabama underrated, USC underrated in latest top 25

College football action in Week 12 featured a wild list with each of the top four teams in the country battling to muster wins. This shook up this week’s edition of College football playoff standings? Not really. The top four remained the same with Georgia at no. 1, Ohio State at No. 2, Michigan at no. 3 and TCU at no.

However, there was a shake-up behind the top four-placed teams. Among the more notable moves were Tennessee falling from No. 5 to No. 10 after a sensational loss to unranked South Carolina and North Carolina falling from 13 to No. 17 after losing to Georgia Tech.

So which teams in the updated College Football Playoff standings are overrated and underrated as we enter the final weekend of the regular season? Let’s take a look.

The two-loss Crimson Tide finished at No. 7, one spot ahead of one-loss Clemson and three spots ahead of a Tennessee team with the same record it lost to in October. How come? Due to current affairs bias and the fact that Tennessee was just smoked out by unrated South Carolina? It’s not a reasonable excuse.

Alabama struggled to beat Texas, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Ole Miss. This adds to “good losses” to No. 5 LSU and No. 10 Tennessee, which CFP draft committee chairman Boo Corrigan referred to on the broadcast. “Control of the game” is an oft-cited metric by the committee, and Alabama has struggled to control several games this year even in wins. Crimson Tide ranks seventh in brand recognition, nothing more and nothing less.

Underrated: USC

The Trojans won at No. 21 Oregon State and No. 18 UCLA, the latter of which came in Week 12. Its only loss was a wild one-point rout en route to No. 14 Utah . Why, exactly, is LSU behind two losses? It seems to be more of a nod to the SEC or, conversely, a sanction to the Pac-12.

The Tigers have two losses: a Week 1 loss to No. 16 Florida State and a sensational loss at home to No. 10 Tennessee. Their signature wins are over No. 7 Alabama and No. 20 Ole Miss. Those are solid wins, but they are That much better than what USC published? No. USC should be rewarded for its 10 wins, not penalized due to perceptions of the conference despite having a better track record than a team above it.

The two-loss Ducks ranked ninth after a 20-17 win over Utah, which, don’t get me wrong, is a fantastic win. However, they are two weeks away from a home loss to No. 13 Washington that ended a 23-game home winning streak at Autzen Stadium.

Oregon is getting the benefit of the doubt because they have a “good” loss to first-ranked Georgia in Week 1, even if it was a 49-3 blowout in which the Dawgs could have put up 70 if they wanted . The difference in points should matter… at least a little. It seems Oregon is being rewarded simply for playing Georgia in Atlanta rather than what they actually did on the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Underrated: Washington

The Huskies ranked 13 in the “underrated” section goes hand-in-hand with Oregon listed as “overrated.” Washington defeated Oregon on the road and won against #21 Oregon State. This must matter. The passing attack led by quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is one of the most dynamic in the country, and head coach Kalen DeBoer has resurrected a once-proud program into a single-season contender.

Washington lost to UCLA, a team Oregon defeated. He also has an inexplicable loss to Arizona State, which clearly resonated within the confines of the boardroom more than the head-to-head victory the Huskies have over the Ducks. If all things are equal, or at least nearly equal, the head-to-head result must matter. Washington is close enough résumé-wise to merit a higher ranking than Oregon.

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