This past weekend was opening kickoff for the NCAA 2016 Football Season. For many sports fans the weekend games were both exciting and disappointing. With 2 of the top 5 teams being upsets during their opening games, the rankings are sure to change before this blog is even read. None the less, it is always fun as a sports fan to see where your team ranks with the hopes of a Bowl win coming to fruition.

2016 is starting off with the following rankings…

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Florida State
  5. LSU
  6. Ohio State
  7. Michigan
  8. Stanford
  9. Tennessee
  10. Notre Dame

As any true sports fan knows, these rankings don’t hold much weight as the season moves forward. We have already seen multiple upsets in week one, and are sure to see Oklahoma, LSU, and Notre Dame rankings drop, while other sports fans will get to see their favorite teams rise.

As saddening as it is to see your favorite team upset and drop in the rankings, one fact remains the same….. Week one rankings rarely make it to the end. Take 2015 for instance, only 4 of the original top 10 teams remained in the top 10 by the end of the season.

2015 started of with the following rankings…

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Alabama
  4. Baylor
  5. Michigan State
  6. Auburn
  7. Oregon
  8. USC
  9. Georgia
  10. Florida State

2015 ended the season with the following rankings…

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Stanford
  4. Ohio State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Michigan State
  7. TCU
  8. Houston
  9. Iowa
  10. Ole Miss

So what happened at the end of 2015? Who played where? Who was truly number one and gets the prestige of being the Bowl Winner?

In the past, the top 4 Bowls were considered the BCU Bowl games, and were traditionally the Rose Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, the Orange Bowl, and the Fiesta Bowl. These bowls would be played by the top ranked teams, and the National Championship would rotate between the 4 Bowls on a yearly basis. Playing in one of these Bowls was considered prestigious and would guarantee the school upwards of millions of dollars in sponsorship funds for making it into one of these bowls.

In 2015, things changed and the NCAAF played their first ever playoff. Only the top 4 ranked teams will play in a playoff game. The playoff games will now rotate between the Cotton Bowl, the Peach Bowl, and the original BCU Bowls, Rose, Sugar, Orange, and Fiesta. Then the winner of those 2 games would go on to play in the National Championship game, which will rotate cities each year and will play on a Monday night.

On December 31st 2015, fans watched number 1 ranked Clemson take on number 4 ranked Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Clemson claimed victory with a final score of 37-17.

Later that same day, December 31st 2015, fans continued their excitement watching number 2 ranked Alabama taking on number 3 ranked Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl. Alabama took home the win with a 38-0 blowout.

With the seemingly similar scores of both victors being 37 and 38 points, fans were sure to have an exciting National Championship for their viewing pleasure. With a final score of 45-40, number 2 ranked Alabama took home the victory with the upset over number 1 ranked Clemson.

So what do fans think? Well it isn’t quite the playoff I was hoping for being that its only involves the top 4 teams, but its a good start. And as far as the rankings go, its too early in the 2016 season to even start thinking about Bowl games. We all have our favorite teams, and only time will tell if our teams will be ranked where they need to be to enter the final 2 playoff games. None the less, it is going to be an exciting season and with the addition of last years playoff games, I am one happy football fan.