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College Spun’s College Football Playoff Field After Week 3

Another week of college football has been completed. It was a good one. 

Ohio State barely survived Northern Illinois. Alabama was upended by Ole Miss for the second straight year. LSU and Georgia both looked dominant in SEC contests at home. Notre Dame, a team as injury-riddled as there is, had an impressive victory against Georgia Tech. 

Picking a College Football Playoff field is a near-unfeasible task, but we’re going to do it anyway. 

Here’s College Spun’s College Football Playoff foursome after Week 3. You can find out how we arrived at the field here. Last week’s field is also there. 

1. Michigan State (3-0msu

The Spartans, the No. 2 team in our field last week, jump to the No. 1 spot thanks to Ohio State’s lackluster-at-best showing against Northern Illinois. Mark Dantonio’s squad didn’t look great on Saturday, defeating Air Force, 35-21, but they’re undefeated and possess one of the best wins of the year so far with their home victory against Oregon. Can anyone top this team before their mid-November showdown against the Buckeyes? 

2. Ole Miss (3-0) ole miss

Hugh Freeze’s team secured the early win of the season on Saturday with its 43-37 defeat of Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium. It was the second straight victory over the Crimson Tide for Ole Miss and it was impressive. The Rebels are averaging 64 points a game and have a win in Tuscaloosa – they’re a lock for the field if it was picked today. You could make a serious argument for them being deserving of the No. 1 spot, too. 

3. Ohio State (3-0) ohiostate

The Buckeyes looked bad last week. Their offense did, anyway. But Urban Meyer’s team is still perhaps the most-talented squad in the country. They’re 3-0, throttled Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., and, once they solve their offensive woes, should start to impress on a weekly basis. If Ohio State plays to its potential, nobody should come close to beating the Buckeyes until mid-November, when they face Michigan State, Minnesota and Michigan. 

4. LSU (2-0) lsu

This ranking could just as easily read “4. Leonard Fournette (2-0).” After a very good freshman season, Buga has seemingly transformed into the monster that we all saw in those unreal high school highlights. Against Auburn, he averaged 12 yards a carry, finishing with 228 rushing  yards and three touchdowns in just three quarters. Auburn’s defense isn’t great, but it still has SEC athletes, and LSU’s offensive line and incredible back made them look like a Sun Belt squad. With Syracuse, Eastern Michigan, South Carolina, Florida, and Western Kentucky on the schedule before a trip to Tuscaloosa, this team should have no issue sticking around the top of the rankings.

Next Two Out

5. Georgia (3-0)uga

The Bulldogs blasted South Carolina, 52-20, over the weekend and are knocking on the playoff foursome door. Running back Nick Chubb is rolling and quarterback Greyson Lambert is playing very efficient football. Southern won’t be much of a test for Georgia on Saturday, but the Alabama Crimson Tide lurk on the horizon on Oct. 3. 

6. TCU (3-0) TCU logo

The second team out of our field, the Horned Frogs just haven’t had the chance to really impress us yet. TCU has a solid Week 1 win, defeating Minnesota on the road, but Gary Patterson’s squad didn’t look great in that one. Since then, they’ve had two blowout wins – Stephen F. Austin and SMU. Their Big 12 slate starts this week and will provide them with a couple opportunities to get the quality wins needed to make the field. 

Here’s how the voting shook out this week:

 Rank
Lombardi
Lyons 
Holleran 
Hladik 
Tackett 
Driscoll 

1. 
MSU 
Ole Miss
Ole Miss 
MSU
MSU
MSU

2.
Ole Miss
MSU
MSU
Ole Miss
LSU
Ole Miss

3. 
OSU 
OSU 
OSU 
OSU 
OSU 
OSU 

4.
TCU 
ND 
TCU 
LSU
Ole Miss
TCU

5.
LSU 
LSU 
LSU 
TCU 
Georgia 
Georgia

6. 
Georgia 
Georgia 
Georgia
Georgia 
TCU
Baylor

7. 
ND 
UCLA 
ND
ND 
Baylor
LSU

8. 
UCLA
Oklahoma
UCLA
Baylor 
ND
ND

9.
Oklahoma 
Texas A&M
Baylor
UCLA 
Clemson
UCLA

10. 
Baylor
Alabama 
Alabama
Clemson 
Alabama 
Clemson 

11.
Alabama
TCU
Clemson
Alabama 
FSU 
Alabama 

12.
Clemson 
Baylor 
Northwestern
FSU 
Oklahoma
Texas A&M

13.
Texas A&M 
Clemson 
Texas A&M
Texas A&M 
Texas A&M 
Oklahoma 

14.
Oregon 
Oregon 
Oklahoma 
Oklahoma 
UCLA 
Utah 

15.
Stanford 
FSU 
Oregon 
Oregon
Stanford 
FSU 

So, college football fans – did we get it right?

Brad Paisley’s New Video For “Country Nation” Is An Ode To College Football

Country star Brad Paisley has unveiled a new video for his single “Country Nation” and it’s essentially an ode to college football. 

In the video, Paisley performs inside Vanderbilt Stadium and several college mascots make cameo appearances. There’s the Oregon Duck doing Crossfit, the West Virgnia Mountaineer hanging with Paisley, and the LSU Tiger pushing a baby carriage, among other things.

Paisley also altered the lyrics slightly to give the song a college football flavor.He’ll perform the song Saturday when he serves as College GameDay’s first celebrity guest picker of the 2015 season. 

Here’s the full video. 

ESPN College GameDay Hosts Make Some Surprising Picks For The College Football Playoff

FBS college football kicks off next week, so naturally, various analysts and personalities are making their picks to win the various power conferences and make the four-team College Football Playoff. Many have stuck with the tried-and-true programs like Ohio State, TCU, Baylor, and Alabama, but the guys from ESPN’s College GameDay all went out on limbs. Kirk Herbstreit stuck with his playoff of Ohio State, Arizona State, LSU, and Oklahoma.

His interesting picks might actually be more predictable than what Lee Corso and Desmond Howard came up with. Bold teams are College Football Playoff picks by the three analysts:

 
Kirk Herbstreit
Lee Corso
Desmond Howard

ACC Champion:
Georgia Tech 
Florida State
Virginia Tech

Big Ten Champion:
Ohio State
Ohio State
Michigan State

Big 12 Champion:
Oklahoma 
Baylor 
TCU

Pac-12 Champion:
Arizona State 
Oregon 
Stanford

SEC Champion:
LSU
LSU 
Texas A&M

National Champion:
Ohio State
LSU
Stanford 

Lee Corso just picked #LSU to win it all. pic.twitter.com/mvKPa3cVmm

— William Scott (@wscottCSM) August 29, 2015

@DesmondHoward always smartly dressed and smart on football. #gigem pic.twitter.com/J6KKAjsX7v

— Nick Dolle (@NickDolle) August 29, 2015

Desmond Howard has Virginia Tech WINNING the ACC?? WOW. pic.twitter.com/HjzjL1igtR

— Lost Lettermen (@LostLettermen) August 29, 2015

@willclem10 yeah Desmond and Corso’s were a little crazy too. Corso had LSU over OSU w/ BU and Oreg. Howard had Stanford ( ) A&M MSU & TCU

— Parker Todd (@ParkerTodd16) August 29, 2015

We don’t have things playing out quite this interestingly, but you never know with College Football. No one predicted Ohio State to win it all after their loss to Virginia Tech last season, yet here we are.

The 12 Most Relevant Teams In College Football Today

michigan football hype videoCollege football season is upon us, and a new year brings a new set of standards. 

Elite programs around the country are ready to bang heads and fight for a spot in only the second ever College Football Playoffs, but we’re here to help you dig your way through the muck and the mire and find the teams that matter most; the teams with all the hype and the fan bases to back it up. Which are the teams that, with the right play call, can shift the entire college football landscape, can change everything you thought you knew coming into the season? 

The most relevant teams in today’s college football landscape doesn’t necessarily mean they have the most decorated past, although that doesn’t hurt. These are the teams setting the trends, giving the opposition nightmares and gaining the most exposure from national media. 

These are the 12 most relevant college football teams today. 

Get Started: No. 12 Texas >>>

5-Star S Brandon Jones Names Loaded Top 6

Nacogdoches (Tex.) five-star safety Brandon Jones, the No. 1 safety in the 2016 recruiting class, has dropped his top six list.

It’s a strong one, comprised of programs from the Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.

My Top 6! Thank you for all the support thus far and all the programs that have given me this opportunity. #NoOrder pic.twitter.com/ZwmK8A6dRt

— Brandon Jones (@BlessedJones33) August 22, 2015

Jones’ 247Sports’ Crystal Ball indicates he could be A&M-bound. 

Report: Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Texas, Others To Wear These Nike Black Alternate Uniforms This Season

Several of college football’s premier programs will be sporting a black uniform this fall, according to a report. 

According to Andrew Lind, a uniform connoisseur and reporter for the Tidewater News, the black Nike uniform T-shirts being seen in stores are the design for an alternate uniform that will be worn this fall. 

Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas are the teams that will wear one. 

Source tells me these nine Nike black T-shirts are, in fact, designs to be worn this season: pic.twitter.com/zyVjSYQ5l7

— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) August 2, 2015

Here they are: 

Ohio State / @AndrewMLind

Ohio State / @AndrewMLind

Oregon / @AndrewMLind

Oregon / @AndrewMLind

Florida State / @AndrewMLind

Florida State / @AndrewMLind

Alabama / @AndrewMLind

Alabama / @AndrewMLind

Texas / @AndrewMLind

Texas / @AndrewMLind

Georgia / @AndrewMLind

Georgia / @AndrewMLind

Oklahoma / @AndrewMLind

Oklahoma / @AndrewMLind

LSU / @AndrewMLind

LSU / @AndrewMLind

Florida / @AndrewMLind

Florida / @AndrewMLind

We’ve seen these T-shirts before. They’re popping up in Nike stores across the country. And a majority of these teams typically wear an alternate jersey at some point during the season. It is pretty surprising to see teams like Alabama and Texas on this list, though. 

Nike and the schools, unsurprisingly, have yet to comment on the idea of these being worn as jerseys. 

4-Star Defensive Back Nigel Warrior Tweets Out Top 10 List Stacked With Powerhouse Programs

We’ve seen a number of impressive top schools lists, but they don’t get much more impressive than the one just put out by four-star Georgia defensive back Nigel Warrior. Warrior’s list includes teams from four of the five power conferences with a distinct SEC flair, as well as independent power Notre Dame. He has excellent options from all over the country. 

TØP 10 pic.twitter.com/CkV8tzrHei

— WARRIORSZN™ (@CHECK_UP_) July 28, 2015

We can’t imagine it will be too easy to parse through a group of schools like that. Whichever program lands Warrior is getting a very highly sought after talent.

Stewart Mandel on Oregon: Taking that Last College Football Step

College football has been one of the most talked about sports in recent memory. Whether it’s been the Southeastern Conference’s (SEC) dominance or Florida State‘s off-the-field issues, it has kept people glued to their seats. However, despite the fact that…

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