Those same Buckeyes have a good look at the Sooners’ taillights as they land at No. 6, one spot ahead of the Penn State team they Nail Yakupov Jersey beat in Saturday afternoon’s thriller.
“For the teams five through seven, their head-to-head results were very important to the committee,” CFP committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said.
The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are the highest-ranked teams from the Big Ten, and undefeated Wisconsin is ranked ninth in the CFP. The Badgers lack a signature win and have no CFP-ranked teams remaining on their schedule, but an undefeated run to the Big Ten title game and a showdown against potential East Division winner Ohio State or Penn State could vault Wisconsin into the top four.
LSU sits at No. 19 and is followed by a two-loss NC State team that rattled off six straight wins after losing its opener to South Carolina but got taken down by Notre Dame on Saturday.
The Wildcats and quarterback sensation Khalil Tate are ranked No. 22, ahead of Memphis, Michigan State and Washington State.
He’s clearly exceeded even the wildest expectations so far, averaging more than 25 points per game while making half his field goals and providing a Stephen Curry-like free throw percentage. Perhaps the scoring will adjust when center Myles Turner returns from a concussion, but that day isn’t today.
He gets a great matchup with the faster-paced Lakers tonight, who lead the league with over 19 turnovers per game. — Renee Miller
Russell against the Suns’ 25th ranked defense is the perfect recipe for a big night out of the third-year pro. He only needs to reach 35 DFS points on Tuesday and he will have a chance to come close to that on scoring alone. Add in the assists, rebounds and steals, and Russell should be one of the Sam Bennett Jersey top values of the night. — Joe Kaiser