After 14 weeks of college football, Elo has the same top 4 as the College Football Playoff Committee (in a slightly different order). After that, things look a bit different, notably with LSU at 5, who fell off significantly from last year’s National Championship team. With shortened seasons in some conferences, prior-year performance is still weighing pretty heavily on the placement of some teams with losing records.
In other news, Ohio State will play in the Big Ten championship after a change in the rule by the conference. With only five games played, a lot of what we’re inferring about their ability is based on their success last season. Northwestern will be their final chance to show off their explosive offense and try to shore up their defense, although a good defensive performance against Northwestern’s offense won’t be too convincing to most.
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