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Analyzing the first College Football Playoff rankings

By J.D. McKay

This past Monday the College Football released their first top 25 rankings of the season. Not shockingly, Bama was at the top and Clemson followed at second. But after those first two there were some surprises. Kentucky was ranked ahead of Ohio State (this is football, not basketball) and there are three teams in the SEC in the top six. We still have four weeks left until the top four is pretty much set, and things can still get wild, so I will be telling you what to expect over these next couple weeks.

The top four includes Alabama, Clemson, LSU, and Notre Dame. I guarantee Bama stays in the top four. They would have to lose two games to drop out of the top four, and I do not think that they will even lose one game. Next is Clemson. They also have a pretty straight shot to the playoff. Even if they lose one ACC conference game this year, they could win the ACC Championship game and still be the two or three team. LSU, ranked third, is where a lot of craziness could happen. They play Bama this week. Bama will win by 14, Alabama is just that good. That loss will give LSU two losses and no chance to play in the conference championship which puts them out of contention. The other potentially crazy team is fourth-ranked Notre Dame. They are not in a conference, so the conference championship, which is very important to the College Football Playoff Committee, will not be possible. Not having a conference championship means one loss would be catastrophic for the Irish and push them out of the top 4 come season end.

The next most likely teams to be in are Michigan and Georgia or Kentucky. Michigan has had a good season and had one loss to Notre Dame. If they win out, it would include beating Ohio State, who is ranked tenth and probably Northwestern in the BigTen Championship game, probably propelling them into LSU slot. The craziest potential change will be coming from Lexington, Kentucky this weekend. Georgia (six) is playing Kentucky (nine) in a game that will probably send the winner to the SEC Championship to represent East against Alabama. Now, for either one of these teams to get in they will need to beat Bama, which is again unlikely, but if they do somehow beat Bama, they will be in. Kentucky’s resume is good enough that they could hop over Notre Dame if they win the SEC. They would have beat four top 25 teams and their only loss would have been to twentieth ranked Texas A&M. Georgia is in the same boat. They would have beat three top 25 teams and lost to just LSU.  

 

My expected College Football Playoff

1- Alabama Crimson Tide

2- Clemson Tigers

3- Notre Dame Fighting Irish

4- Michigan Wolverines

Football team to face challenging sectional

Before I get into the football sectionals, FC had a terrific weekend in sports. Our football team beat New Albany 17-7 and kept the Anchor up on the hill for 365 more days. Girls’ soccer finished second in their regional, and boys’ and girls’ cross country both won regionals. Junior Sydeny Liddle was the girls’ individual winner. The volleyball team also beat New Albany three sets to one before finishing as the runners up in their sectional. The boys’ tennis team had one of FC’s all tine best finishes this weekend. They lost to eventual state champion Carmel in the state semifinals.

The football team has a bye week this week, but has a tough road after that. Every team in the football sectional is ranked in the top 15 in class 5A, and one of them is Columbus East, who won state last year.

The first game for the Highlanders is against Bedford North Lawrence. Earlier in the season, FC lost to BNL 26-20 in an outragious, penalty-filled contest which saw two coaches ejected. FC’s defense came out flat early and gave up 21 of BNL’s 26 points in the first half, limiting the Stars to a field goal in the fourth quarter. FC’s offense also took a safety to give BNL their last two points. For the Highlanders to win, they will need to come out and play well in the first quarter.

If FC beats BNL then they will face either New Albany, Columbus East, or Seymour. Columbus East swept the other two teams this season, but New Albany only lost earlier to East. However, any team that comes out of that group will be a challenge. FC lost to East in what was not even a game, and lost to Seymour after the Owls drove down the field and scored a touchdown with less than 30 seconds remaining.

Five things to watch over Fall Break

Photo by Nicholas Gordon

Story by J.D. McKay

1- Dawns After Dark Sept. 29, gates open at 5 p.m.

Going to Churchill Downs is always an interesting exprience. Watching the horses creates a sense of awe because of their power and speed as they go around the track. Plus, you never know when you will see an outragous outfit or crazy hat.

2- Kentucky football vs. South Carolina Sept. 29

As much as this pains me to say, UK football is legit this year. I was able to say beating Florida was a fluke and Florida was not actually good. But after beating Mississippi State, who was ranked in the top 20, by 21 points, it is hard to argue that their wins have been flukes. UK running back Benny Snell is talented. He already has 540 rushing yards over four games and seven touchdowns.

3- Louisville City FC vs. North Carolina FC Oct. 9

Louisville City has had a good season. They are 15-6-9 and have clinched a playoff spot. If you have never been to a game, you should go, and the weather and lack of football on a Tuesday night makes this a good option.

4- Girls’ soccer sectional

Girls’ soccer is having a very good season and are expected to win their sectionals. With that being said, last year they won the sectional championship over New Albany because of a penalty kick. Adding to potential seeing drama like we did last year, the team plays Jeffersonville in their first game and could potential play New Albany again in the sectional championship.

5- Football vs. New Albany Oct. 12

FC vs. New Albany. Senior Night. The Battle for the Anchor. Need I say more?

FC loses to Columbus East 45-0 Friday Night

By Brooke Miller

Homecoming court recognized at game against Columbus East

Photos by Grace Allen