This is the last weekend to impress the judges in advance of next Tuesday’s first reveal of the College Football Playoff ranking. Forget about No. 1–that spot is reserved for Alabama, which has a bye this week and will earn the top spot without lifting a foam finger, having to participate in the Q & A, or participating in the beauty pageant segment. One question that might have been asked: “Which was the more difficult game against FSU this year: Florida State or Fresno State?” Another question was asked of Nick Saban this week, by USA Today, which wondered if he was worth $11 million per season. Saban, who grew up in modest surroundings in West Virginia, responded in part: “We were happy when my dad brought us a case of peas, so we could have a side dish when we’re eathing. We worked hard through the years. I don’t think it’s up to me to determine what the value is, or what the market is, for coaches.” Of course not. That’s the job of super agent Jimmy Sexton who, for sure, is out there working to determine what Saban’s market value is, relative to coaching. The mad scramble for playoff spots two, three and four should be fun, however, with a lot of perilous possibilities forthcoming on “Watch Out Weekend.” Georgia, Rankman’s No.2 this week, plays Florida this week. Penn State travels to treacherous Ohio State in a battle of No. 3 vs. No. 5. It is also quite possible that No. 4 Texas Christian will get tested when it visits Iowa State, which has already defeated Oklahoma this year. Other possible potholes include No. 8 Oklahoma State at West Virginia, NC State at No. 9 Notre Dame and Georgia Tech at No. 10 Clemson.


1: Alabama (8-0): Bet you didn’t know: Tide has allowed more combined points to Fresno St\Colorado St (33) than Florida St, Arkansas, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Vandy. (26).  (1)

2: Georgia (7-0): Florida game this year considered most important “Cocktail Party” since one Truman Capote hosted in 1975 after the Merv Griffin Show. (2) The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.