College Football

Giglio: College football is a funny game

Staff WriterOctober 31, 2011 

Staff writer J.P. Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.

Texas Tech, a week after beating preseason No. 1 Oklahoma 41-38 on the road, lost at home Saturday to Iowa State, 41-7. That's the same Iowa State team that lost to Missouri by 35 points two weeks ago.

Oklahoma, by the way, throttled previously unbeaten Kansas State by 41 points on the road.

Nebraska, which looked totally and completely helpless in a 31-point loss at Wisconsin on Oct. 1, beat Michigan State by 21 points. A week ago, Michigan State beat ... Wisconsin (of course!).

The point is -- and you know where this is going if you're a regular reader of this column -- college football needs a playoff.

Yes, the regular season can be great, especially when the stars align and good teams actually play each other. But it's not a playoff, de facto or otherwise.

A loss can knock you out of the BCS title picture, but a win does not advance you (the definition of a playoff). Just ask Boise State.

And then there's the plight of the one-loss teams. Is Team A better than Team B because it lost earlier in the season?

Obviously, there would still be disputes about the last team left out, whether it's a four-, eight- or 16-team playoff model, but playing the games would go a long way in determining which teams are actually, you know, better. Crazy concept, I know, but we can always dream.

J.P. Giglio's Top 25

(last week's ranking in parentheses)

Team

Team

1. LSU (1)

14. Michigan St. (11)

2. Alabama (2)

15. Kansas State (13)

3. Oklahoma State (3)

16. Houston (20)

4. Boise State (4)

17. Virginia Tech (17)

5. Stanford (6)

18. Wisconsin (12)

6. Oregon (7)

19. Penn State (22)

7. Oklahoma (9)

20. Ariz. State (24)

8. Arkansas (8)

21. USC (21)

9. Nebraska (19)

22. Ga. Tech (NR)

10. Clemson (5)

23. Auburn (25)

11. South Carolina (14)

24. Florida St. (NR)

12. Georgia (16)

25. Texas A&M (10)

13. Michigan (18)

Out: Texas Tech (15), Syracuse (23)

Giglio: 919-829-8938 or twitter.com/jpgiglio

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