The second installment of the College Football Rankings were released Tuesday night, and there’s probably a whole bunch of angry people in Waco this morning. That’s because Baylor (8-0) remained stagnant at No. 6 while getting jumped by Iowa (9-0), which improved from No. 9 to No. 5. There are also a pair of one-loss teams – No. 4 Notre Dame (8-1) and No. 2 Alabama (8-1) – ahead of Baylor.
But if Bears fans are angry, Jerry Palm has a message for them: don’t be. In fact, Palm believes Baylor is lucky to be in the top six.
“I think that Baylor is at least five spots too high,” the CBSSports.com college football analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “They should be for sure behind Oklahoma State, but they should also be behind Stanford, Utah, LSU, Florida – any team that’s play anyone competent. Baylor’s schedule at this point in the season – the teams that they have played – is putrid. The only team in the Top 25 with a worse schedule strength than Baylor is Houston, an Baylor’s not even close to anyone. Until they play somebody, they have not earned that No. 6 spot. They should be closer to 16.”
Baylor’s only saving grace is it closes the season with a series of tough games: against No. 12 Oklahoma, at No. 8 Oklahoma State, at No. 15 TCU and against Texas.
“Yeah, then we find out (how good Baylor is),” Palm said. “Then they get a chance to earn No. 6 or higher even, but they haven’t earned it yet. And this ranking is not looking ahead at what they’re going to play, but what they’v done so far – And what they’ve done so far is beat up a bunch of tomato cans. They’re Ronda Rousey: pounding opponents that have no business being in the ring with her. That’s what Baylor is doing. You could take an All-Star team of Baylor’s opponents so far, and they would not beat Baylor. That’s how bad their schedule’s been. So there’s no justification for them to be at 6. There’s barely any justification for them to be in the top 10 – because we don’t know if they’re any good or not. They haven’t proven anything so far.”
Palm believes the Bears could win out, but their toughest remaining test could be this Saturday against the Sooners.
“You’ve got a freshman quarterback in there now,” Palm said of Jarrett Stidham. “He’s going to make his second start against probably the best defense the league. That would have normally been TCU’s. They’ve just been so decimated with attrition on their defense. It’s kind of a shadow of what it was at the beginning of the year. I think you could argue that Oklahoma is playing as well as any of those four teams at the top of the Big 12. I think it’s a great challenge for Baylor, but Baylor is capable of finishing 12-0. I believe that. They are capable of it. But they haven’t showed us that they’d deserve to be the No. 6-ranked team right now.”