College Football Playoff takeaways: Big names struggling, new teams surging and more

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  • Graduate of Indiana University

In 2020, the College Football Playoff selection committee was tasked with determining the top four teams without one of its most important criteria — nonconference games.

College football fans aren’t the only ones who desperately missed the matchups, and three weeks into the season, there have been plenty of results that will continue to resonate with the committee through Selection Day.

Oregon’s win at Ohio State. Georgia’s win over Clemson. UCLA beating LSU. Iowa’s win at Iowa State. Arkansas stomping Texas, and Cincinnati beating Indiana.

Here’s a look at how what we’ve seen so far has impacted the playoff race.

Don’t crown Alabama yet

We’ve quickly realized the Miami team Alabama crushed 44-13 in the season opener isn’t good, and we learned nothing about the Tide last week against Mercer.

Now we know Alabama has some vulnerabilities.

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