College Football Power Rankings: Oklahoma makes key move as Northwestern soars into top 10

Take a good look at the latest sets of college football rankings. The College Football Playoff Selection Committee sure will. That’s been proven. The committee’s first rankings (debuting Tuesday) have been so similar to the human polls over the years that it resembles a sort of intellectual plagiarism.

Take last year. The CFP matched the AP Top 25 in 14 of the top 15 ranked teams. Six of them the CFP had in the exact same place in the polls as AP voters. Just for grins, we looked back and compared how the Power Rankings stacked up in 2019. The committee matched us on four exact poll positions. So consider this week an appetizer for Tuesday night.

This is especially applicable this week because the first CFP Rankings are a template for the rest of the season. Any movement of teams will be judged in relation to Tuesday’s initial rankings.  

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Oklahoma, Northwestern vault into major games after top 25 wins

Week 12 of the college football season is in the books, and we have two new teams in the New Year’s Six bowl projections. There have not been any changes to the College Football Playoff projections for a couple weeks now, mostly because those teams have either not played or held serve by winning games.

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Back to those New Year’s Six projections. There was Bedlam where Oklahoma trounced Oklahoma State 41-13 to further shake up the Big 12 race. Iowa State remains in first place by a full game after roughing up Kansas State, 45-0. The Cyclones play at Texas next week, and a win would secure a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game. A loss could create as much as a four-way tie at the top of the league standings.

The call here regarding the automatic berth for the Big 12 champion in

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Ohio State, Indiana, Nebraska and Northwestern

Indiana intercepted Justin Fields twice, sacked Fields twice and struck on a 68-yard completion.

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Coaches Poll top 25: Wisconsin and Northwestern move up as top 11 holds in college football rankings


The new Coaches Poll is out, and not a whole lot has changed. With so many top 25 teams not playing over the weekend, plus no major upsets, there wasn’t much room for teams to maneuver. In fact, the top 11 teams remain the same as last week.

We don’t see any movement until we get to No. 12, where we find Wisconsin. The Badgers climbed two spots in the poll after stomping Michigan 49-11 on Saturday night on the road. This week’s highest climber in the poll — among teams that were already ranked — is Northwestern, which moved up three spots to No. 20 after a 27-20 road win against a Purdue team that entered the game 2-0.

The only newcomers to the poll this week are No. 24 North Carolina, which beat Wake Forest 59-53 in a glorified seven-on-seven drill, and No. 25 Louisiana is back in

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College Football Playoff Rankings prediction: Northwestern enters top 10 with huge opportunity ahead

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While the initial College Football Playoff Rankings for the 2020 season will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 24, we do not want to wait that long to get a taste of how the CFP Selection Committee would be ranking the top 25 teams in the nation if they were already meeting. This is a warm up act for the warm up act, which are all of the CFP Rankings releases before the final one after conference championship week.

Normally, I would detail here some of the criteria the CFP Selection Committee uses to rank the top 25 teams and choose the top four. However, nothing about 2020 is normal, and that includes the information available to the committee.  Here is the entire list of criteria for 2020:

  • Eye test
  • Head-to-head record (if applicable)
  • Conference championship (if applicable)

That’s it. No strength of schedule or relative offense or

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Nebraska vs. Northwestern odds, line: 2020 college football picks, Week 10 predictions from proven model

A Big Ten battle is on tap Saturday between the Northwestern Wildcats and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at noon ET at Ryan Field. Northwestern is 2-0, while Nebraska is 0-1. The Cornhuskers are just 2-10 in their last 12 games on the road. Northwestern, meanwhile, is 3-9 in its last 12 games against an opponent from the Big Ten. 

The Wildcats are favored by 3.5-points in the latest Northwestern vs. Nebraska odds from William Hill, and the over-under is set at 54.5. Before you make any Nebraska vs. Northwestern picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

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Maryland vs. Northwestern odds, line: 2020 college football picks, Week 8 predictions from proven model

The Northwestern Wildcats and the Maryland Terrapins are set to square off in a Big Ten battle at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Ryan Field. Both teams are eager to get their new season off to a fast start after struggling down the stretch last season. Northwestern went just 2-8 in its last 10 games a season ago, while Maryland lost seven consecutive games to finish 2019 with a 3-9 record. 

The Wildcats are favored by 11-points in the latest Northwestern vs. Maryland odds from William Hill, and the over-under is set at 54.5. Before entering any Maryland vs. Northwestern picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,100 for $100 players on

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