Coaches likely don’t care that much about the rankings unless they are in contention for the College Football Playoff, but they might want to pay attention to one spot in the polls that might be cursed.
The curse came to note a couple of weeks ago ahead of Utah’s game against Washington. The No. 17 spot in the AP Poll had lost in the five previous weeks, and with Utah playing a top-ranked team, it looked like that string of losses could continue.
It did, as Utah dropped a 31-24 thriller to the Huskies to keep the streak alive. Even worse? It appears that the streak has now jumped polls, as the rankings from the College Football Playoff committee are now involved.
The No. 17 team in the AP Poll this week was Western Michigan, but it looks like the Broncos were spared by the Playoff rankings. The Playoff Rankings were released just before Western Michigan’s game against Ball State, and the new, more official No. 17 team? Baylor who got whooped 62-22 by TCU at home. The curse lives on!
Is any No. 17 ranked team safe? Well, the No. 17 team in the Coaches Poll also lost in each of the first three weeks of the year, meaning that a No. 17 team has lost every week so far in the 2016 season. That may be a bad omen for Oklahoma State, who is ranked No. 17 in both Week 11’s AP and Coaches Polls. The Cowboys play Texas Tech this upcoming week, who could certainly pose problems with their air raid attack.
If I’m Mike Gundy, I would really pull for another team to get that No. 17 spot in this week’s Playoff rankings.