Mel Kiper Jr.CloseFootball badyst
- Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft badyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a daily contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.
Todd McShayCloseESPN Senior Writer
- ESPN College Football and NFL Draft Analyst
- Joined ESPN in 2006
- Played quarterback in highschool and was a backup QB for the University of Richmond.
How will a wild Week 11 — losses by No. 1 Georgia, No. three Notre Dame and an in depth name for No. 2 Alabama — change the College Football Playoff rankings?
Mel Kiper and Todd McShay weigh in with how they see the highest 4 spots.
Mel Kiper’s CFP prime 4:
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
The Crimson Tide struggled at a strong Mississippi State workforce on Saturday, however a win’s a win, and Alabama is 10-Zero. It has one of many nation’s prime defenses (giving up solely four.Zero yards per play) and dashing offenses (270.Eight yards per recreation). Could Alabama make the College Football Playoff even with a loss at Auburn in two weeks? It’s doable.
2. Clemson Tigers
The defending nationwide champs simply hold getting the job carried out following that loss at Syracuse final month, even when they have not all the time regarded spectacular. Clemson has clinched a berth within the ACC title recreation in opposition to Miami. Its protection is not that far behind Alabama in yards per play allowed (four.5), and the Tigers have NFL prospects all alongside the line of defense. They have an excellent shot at one other playoff berth if they will beat the Hurricanes on Dec. 2.
three. Oklahoma Sooners
Is there any doubt the OU offense is the perfect within the nation? Baker Mayfield & Co. are placing up 601 yards per recreation and averaging Eight.5 yards per play, which each rank No. 1 within the nation. But is the protection adequate to make the Sooners title contenders? It’s permitting 6.Zero yards per play, which ranks 97th. Still, I believe no defensive coordinator desires to play Oklahoma — and TCU or Oklahoma State will doubtless need to do it once more. The Sooners will play the Horned Frogs within the Big 12 title recreation if each groups win out, organising a rematch of Saturday’s recreation.
four. Miami Hurricanes
The Hurricanes’ spectacular rout of Notre Dame on Saturday knocked out the Fighting Irish from the College Football Playoff race and put Miami squarely within the driver’s seat. But it nonetheless has to play Clemson within the ACC title recreation. Do you notice Miami has by no means gained the ACC’s Coastal Division? That means it has by no means even performed within the ACC title recreation. Mark Richt has carried out an incredible job, and the Turnover Chain has carried out wonders — the Hurricanes are tied for No. 2 within the nation in turnover margin (+15).
The clbad of faculty soccer. The Crimson Tide did battle on Saturday in opposition to Mississippi State, however a win is a win. A troublesome slate stays with video games in opposition to Auburn after which the SEC title recreation (doubtless in opposition to Georgia).
As Mel famous, this Sooners offense is tops within the nation in yards per recreation and yards per play. The problem is a porous protection, which has saved opponents in video games. Baker Mayfield has been extraordinarily spectacular all season, particularly this week (333 yards, three TDs) in opposition to a stout TCU protection.
The U placed on a formidable show on Saturday evening, romping Notre Dame 41-Eight and placing the Hurricanes squarely within the College Football Playoff prime 4. However you are feeling concerning the Turnover Chain, the swagger is again in Miami.
The defending nationwide champions are proper within the thick of issues as properly, and their robust line of defense is main the way in which. I hate agreeing with Mel this a lot, however I believe they’re in in the event that they beat Miami on Dec. 2.
Prospect on the rise
Kiper: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
The Crimson Tide common solely 203.three pbading yards per recreation, however the 2018 draft’s No. 1 receiver performs in Tuscaloosa. Ridley has separated himself from the pack of different draft-eligible receivers, and he had his first 100-yard receiving recreation on Saturday in additional than a yr, catching 5 balls for 171 yards. Alabama’s offense is geared across the run, so do not be delay by Ridley’s numbers this season — he had 161 catches and 14 landing receptions in his first two collegiate seasons. At 6-foot-1, 188 kilos, he is an amazing weapon. Ridley is explosive out and in of cuts, has good arms and is great after the catch. And he isn’t afraid to go throughout the center and make a play. Ridley ranked No. 15 on my most up-to-date Big Board, and I believe he’ll be a mid-first-round decide in April.
McShay: There had been a number of nice particular person performances this week (Mayfield, Jaquan Johnson, Bradley Chubb), however I am going to go together with Kerryon Johnson. He had 167 dashing yards in opposition to a sometimes stout Georgia protection on 32 carries, and added 66 yards and a TD as a receiver. He’s proving to be an actual bell-cow again. He’s a junior, so I will be to see if he enters the draft.
Kiper: Jeremy Reaves, S, South Alabama
The Jaguars held on to beat Arkansas State on Saturday, and Reaves performed an enormous half with 11 tackles and an interception. He has been a tackling machine in his profession. In truth, he leads South Alabama this season in complete tackles (83), tackles for loss (5.5), interceptions (three) and compelled fumbles (three). He has eight interceptions and eight compelled fumbles in his profession. The cornerback-turned-safety helps from the slot and is disruptive when he blitzes. Reaves is an all-around participant. Now, at 5-foot-11, 205 kilos, he is undersized, however he may get an opportunity to impress scouts if he will get invited to the Senior Bowl in January. Right now, he might be a Day 2 decide, relying on how he runs on the mix.
McShay: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
Gallup caught 11 pbades for 102 yards and a landing in Colorado State’s 59-52 time beyond regulation loss to Boise State. He had an early drop in the long run zone, however he additionally exhibits the flexibility to catch it away from his body and the physique management to regulate. An above-average route runner, he units up his breaks, sinks his hips and tempos his stems successfully.
He has 87 catches for 1,298 yards (14.9 yards per catch) and 7 touchdowns this season.