College football playoff standings reactions: Alabama overrated, UCLA underrated in new top 25

The second edition of College football playoff standings for the 2022 season were released on Tuesday, and there’s been a major shakeup at the top. Georgia, fresh off his most impressive performance of the year in a dominating win over No. 5 Tennessee, moved into the top spot. The Bulldogs were followed by the No. 2 ohio stateNo. 3 Michigan and #4 TOS. Alabama and Clemson fell into the top four after losses to USL and Our Ladyrespectively, who opened the door for TCU to jump into the fold after their comeback victory Texas technology.

The top four seems relatively clear at this point. After all, they are the only remaining undefeated teams at the FBS level. The contenders are in hiding though, as the Pac-12 powerhouse Oregon jumped to No. 6 and a surging LSU team stepped in at No. 7. But where did the CFP selection committee miss the mark this week? Here are the most overrated and underrated teams for the second edition of the college football Playoff standings.

Overrated: No. 9 Alabama

Reputation is not supposed to factor into decisions made by the CFP selection committee, but clearly Alabama has an exception. Yes, both of the Crimson Tide’s losses came in the last play of the game, but their issues run much deeper than that.

The lack of discipline on the road – nine or more penalties accepted in each of its four away games – is not a feature of top 10 teams. The inability to protect the quarterback is concerning, and that has been a constant theme regardless of where the game is played. Alabama has just one win over a ranked team, a 20-19 win over No. 18 Texas, which isn’t exactly exciting. A team is not elite if it loses its big games, even if that team is dressed in crimson and white.

Could things change? Sure. Alabama has road game against No. 11 be miss Saturday in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week. This Rebels team has one of the strongest offenses in the nation, and Vaught-Hemingway Stadium is one of the most underrated environments in the nation. A win there could help restore some confidence in this team.

Underrated: No. 12 UCLA

Why are there three teams separating UCLA and USC? Well, brand name, probably. Bruins have wins over two ranked teams — No. 13 Utah and no. 25 Washington – and has scored 30 or more points in every game this season. The quarterback’s dynamic offense Dorian Thompson Robinson and run back Zach Charbonnet was one of the best in the game. Charbonnet is currently nursing an unspecified injury, although it is not expected to persist, so there is no reason to discuss it in the committee room .

Coach Chip Kelly made the Bruins the perfect candidate for the Pac-12. They are physical at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and are capable of winning inside or outside their comfort zone.

Overrated: No. 8 USC

The Trojans have no win over a current top-25 team, and their claim to fame this year is a savage loss to No. 13 Utah. Seriously? The committee will reward signature losses? This seems to be the case. The Trojans nearly lost a lead last weekend to Californiahave struggled defensively since mid-October and have been hard to trust on a quarter-over-quarter basis.

Of course, quarterback Caleb Williams is a great player and first-year coach Lincoln Riley has the program going in the right direction. But it looks like the Trojans are getting the same brand privilege as Alabama.

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Ok, so let’s break down the differences between the Tar Heels and No. 10 Clemson. Both teams lost to Notre Dame in games that didn’t control much. The Tar Heels, however, won five games in a row and the defense, which had proven to be a liability at times, actually didn’t perform too badly. They’ve held opponents to within 30 points in four of their last five games. That might not sound like a lot, but that’s by this team’s standards.

Clemson, on the other hand, looked like a sinking ship last month in large part because of an offense that never seemed to be increased under junior. DJ Uiagalelei. It finally cost them last weekend in a 35-14 loss to the Fighting Irish which was actually much worse than the scoreline would indicate. Others may disagree, and that’s fine, but a five-point difference between Clemson and North Carolina is just ridiculous.

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