CFP Poll, Week 3: What It Means For The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
The third College Football Playoff Poll was released Tuesday night. This week’s biggest mover was Ohio State, who climbed from No. 14 to No. 8 after an impressive win against Michigan State Saturday night.
The committee’s Top 25 rankings are as follows:
1. Mississippi State
3. Florida State
6. Arizona State
8. Ohio State
10. Ole Miss
12. Michigan State
13. Kansas State
18. Notre Dame
22. Georgia Tech
24. Texas A&M
If the college football season ended today, the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl would most likely feature No. 16 Nebraska, No. 20 Wisconsin or No. 12 Michigan State from the Big Ten against No. 17 LSU, No. 15 Georgia, or No. 24 Texas A&M from the SEC.
Wisconsin and LSU have squared off three times in the schools’ histories; including Week 1 this year. All three times the Tigers have come away with a victory. Wisconsin has played Georgia twice, falling to the Bulldogs both times, the most recent being in 2005 with a final score of 21-24. Despite the fact that the Badgers have never played Texas A&M, a game between the two schools would provide an enticing matchup on paper. Wisconsin currently boast’s the top defense among all FBS schools, while A&M features a high-flying, top-20 offense.
The last time Michigan State played LSU was in 1995, losing 45-26. With the Spartans ranked in the top ten for both total offense and defense among FBS schools, a victory for the Tigers might be more of a struggle than last time. Michigan State met Georgia on the field three times total, walking away with its most recent win 33-30 in the 2009 New Year’s Day Game. Michigan State and Texas A&M have played three times, the most recent being in 1959.