Author: Tony Barnhart

Why Miami’s move to No. 2 is big

With 15 of the top 16 teams winning last Saturday, there was little change in the newest CFP rankings that were released Tuesday night. But consider these nuggets: **–The committee’s decision to flip-flop Clemson (10-1) and Miami (10-0) to put the Hurricanes at No. 2 is significant. Because at No. 2 Miami, if it beats Pittsburgh on the road this Saturday, has a chance to stay in the top four if it loses a close game to Clemson in the ACC championship game on Dec. 2. **–Wisconsin remained at No. 5 and still controls its destiny. The Badgers (11-0), who beat Michigan last Saturday, go to Minnesota (5-6) this Saturday and face No. Ohio State (9-2) in the Big Ten championship game. If Wisconsin finishes 13-0 the Badgers are in. If Ohio State beats Michigan on Saturday and wins the Big Ten championship then the Buckeyes will be thrown into the mix for the No. 4 spot in the playoffs. In short, with two Saturdays  remaining, I think the playoffs will go down like this: The SEC champion–Alabama, Auburn, or Georgia–will be in. Alabama at 13-0 or Georgia at 12-1 would probably be the No. 1 seed. An 11-2 Auburn might be seeded lower. The ACC champion–Clemson or Miami–will be in. Oklahoma (10-1) is going to beat West Virginia on Saturday and then win a rematch with TCU for...

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What We Learned: Week 12

With 15 of the top 16 teams in the CFP Rankings winning on Saturday, (No. 13 Oklahoma State was the loser to Kansas State), I don’t think we learned a whole lot on Cupcake Saturday. But here are a few things worth noting before we quickly turn the page to Rivalry Week: **– Senior running back Nick Chubb ran for 151 yards in Georgia’s 42-13 win over Kentucky. With 1,045 yards, Chubb became only the second running back in school history to post three seasons of 1,000 yards rushing. Some guy named Walker also did it from 1980-82. And consider this: If Chubb, who has 4,469 career yards, can gain 122 yards in Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech (Noon, ABC) he would move to into second place on the SEC’s all-time rushing list behind Walker (5,289 yards).  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here....

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Mr. CFB’s picks: Week 12

After going 0-6 on Nov. 4 your humble scribe was feeling pretty sorry for himself. But the thing about football, the old coach said, is that both humility and redemption are only a week away. And so we press on. Things went a bit better last Saturday as we went 4-2. The two I missed were Georgia losing big at Auburn (40-17) and Notre Dame getting boat-race at Miami (41-6). That puts us at 30-36 after 11 weeks. Hopefully, we can get to .500 in the final three Saturdays. Here are the picks:  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here....

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Kentucky’s good season was very close to great

When Kentucky looks back on its 2017 season the Wildcats are going to think—a lot—about what might have been. The Wildcats are 7-3 (4-3 SEC) as they travel to Georgia (9-1, 6-1) on Saturday. It is a big game for Kentucky against the nation’s No. 7 team. But it could have been so much more. Two of Kentucky’s three losses this season have been the kinds that keep coaches up at night: **–Kentucky lost to Florida at home, 28-27, because–not once but twice–the Wildcat defense literally left receivers uncovered. Florida turned both of those defensive gaffes into touchdowns. A win would have broken Kentucky’s 31-game losing streak to the Gators. **–Kentucky led Ole Miss 34-30 with two minutes left but the Rebels drove 72 yards and scored with five seconds left to win 37-34.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here....

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Three quick thoughts about the new CFP rankings

Three quick thoughts about the new CFP Rankings: 1–The three SEC teams in the top seven–No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 Auburn, and No. 7 Georgia–all control their final destinations. Alabama and Auburn–who have cupcake non-conference games this Saturday–meet in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 25. The winner of that game advances to the SEC Championship game against Georgia on Dec. 2. If Georgia takes care of Kentucky this week and Georgia Tech next week, the winner of the SEC Championship game advances to the playoffs. Auburn (8-2) jumped from No. 10 to No. 6 after beating Georgia and would become the first team with two losses to get into the playoffs. 2–No. 5 Wisconsin will get in at 13-0 but probably won’t get in at 12-1. The Badgers (10-0) host No. 24 Michigan this week and close out the regular season at Minnesota next week. They will likely face No. 9 Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. Despite a weak schedule to date, if the Badgers run the table and get to 13-0 they will be in. If Wisconsin loses to Michigan and wins the Big Ten to finish 12-1, I don’t think they get in. Simply put: If you’re an SEC or ACC fan, you should be pulling for Michigan to beat Wisconsin. That opens the door ever so slightly to the possibility of your conference...

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