We're all waiting for 12:45 p.m. ET and the unveiling of the only rankings that still truly matter, the final 2014 College Football Playoff rankings. But will the traditional polls be barometers for what's to come?
The AP Top 25 bucked their usual 2:00 p.m. ET release time and went first for a change, unveiling that both Baylor (No. 4) and Ohio State (No. 5) had jumped TCU (No. 6). Given Baylor's head-to-head win over the Horned Frogs, that's certainly something that makes some logical sense. But unfortunately if the Associated Press is on to something, the Big Ten champion Buckeyes would be left out of the playoff picture if the College Football Playoff selection committee draws a similar conclusion.
The Coaches Poll was more forgiving, putting the Buckeyes up to No. 4. Baylor and TCU were fifth and sixth respectively.
If Ohio State is on the outside looking in, Buckeye backers will have a legitimate gripe. If OSU's resilience in spite of losing multiple Heisman Trophy candidate quarterbacks and their historic 59-0 Big Ten title game win over Wisconsin turned enough opinions, then it'll be party time in Columbus.
Here's the complete AP Top 25, Coaches Poll, Massey Composite computer rankings and complete College Football Playoff rankings:
|Playoff||AP||Coaches||Massey computer composite|
|2||Oregon||Florida State||Florida State||Oregon|
|4||Ohio State||Baylor||Ohio State||Ohio State|
|5||Baylor||Ohio State||Baylor||Florida State|
|7||Mississippi State||Michigan State||Michigan State||Ole Miss|
|8||Michigan State||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Mississippi State|
|9||Ole Miss||Ole Miss||Georgia Tech||Michigan State|
|10||Arizona||Georgia Tech||Kansas State||Georgia|
|11||Kansas State||Kansas State||Arizona||Auburn|
|12||Georgia Tech||Arizona||Ole Miss||Kansas State|
|15||Arizona State||Arizona State||UCLA||Wisconsin|
|21||Louisville||Boise State||Boise State||Arizona State|