There is still a long time before the committee has to finalize the College Football Playoff bracket, but the Week 6 results could create significant shifts in thinking. Here is a look at the Week 7 rankings and what they mean going forward. Sporting News will break down the College Football Playoff picture each week, with the four teams we think are in and the field behind them. With favorites now fairly well established, the goal of Week 7 is to stay in the conversation for at least another day. Here are the games which, barring other surprises like the one that occurred a week ago in Norman, will have the biggest impact on the playoff picture. Auburn going to the Orange Bowl has a ripple effect on the Big Ten and ACC. If the Big Ten is in that game instead of the SEC, then the ACC gets the Big Ten’s spot in the Citrus Bowl. The Horned Frogs could be 9-0 when they face the Sooners on Nov. 11. The two teams are both in the top five in college football in scoring with averages of over 44 points per game. Michigan also likely isn’t going away, especially with matchups against the top three teams still on the schedule. TCU looks quite strong, but the lack of strength elsewhere in the Big 12 could be what keeps the Horned Frogs on the wrong side of the CFP cut line. Kerry Miller covers college football and college basketball for Bleacher Report.
During a media session prior to practice, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy declared he was unsure about Montgomery’s potential to play in Week 6 due to the running back’s ongoing recovery from broken ribs. Matchups and offensive-line play are largely to blame for the production gap, but it’s also worth noting that Montgomery likely will be playing through considerable pain if he returns for Sunday’s game. Montgomery was going to have a difficult time returning 10 days after breaking multiple ribs against the Bears in Week 4. That said, he seemed on pace to flip the script with a limited session Wednesday, only to be listed doubtful for Sunday’s game by week’s end. A limited practice participant all week, Montgomery was hoping to avoid any missed time with the help of a protective vest to cover his broken ribs. Montgomery did log a full practice Wednesday, but Thursday’s session in full pads will be far more informative as to his availability for Sunday, and also Jones’ role in the contest. Turning in a full session Wednesday will likely sway McCarthy’s mind in favor of keeping Montgomery active Sunday at Minnesota. There’s an expectation Aaron Jones will start in Montgomery’s place, but fellow rookie running back Jamaal Williams (knee) is also available, making a committee approach very possible. That said, Aaron Jones impressed mightily in a lead role in the Week 5 win in Dallas, so the Packers may also opt for caution with their No. 1 back. In the likely event Montgomery is inactive, Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones could form a committee in the backfield.
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Ty Montgomery was mostly putting up numbers due to volume, not so much from production. Ty Montgomery is the bigger and stronger player. Montgomery said he felt comfortable practicing in a flak jacket. The 2016 second-rounder is the Packers’ swing tackle. Here’s a thought: the packers realize Montgomery is a huge part of the offense and be patient with his broken ribs and let Jones still get 10+ carries a game. The Packers invested a lot into Ty Mont. It is the Jones’ owner war cry. But Ty isn’t going to disappear. Ty is a more polished route runner though. With Jones’s production the Packers will probably not rush Montgomery back to service. But Ty is the better, and more dynamic back.
The Packers listed him as doubtful last Friday and he sat out Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys. Ty Montgomery not expected to play. The Packers were off on Friday. Running back Ty Montgomery (ribs) was one of three listed on the injury report who were full participants and will again practice Thursday. Montgomery remains questionable to play against the Cowboys. The Packers would start either Williams or fellow rookie Aaron Jones in place of Montgomery in Dallas. Durant was on the field against Green Bay in January when Montgomery came up big with two touchdowns on 11 carries in the Packers’ 35-32 win to eliminate the Cowboys. It’s possible the Packers will look to split the workload between Montgomery and Jones moving forward, with Montgomery potentially slotting into a complementary role in the passing game. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers said the Packers offense changes “maybe a little” without Montgomery but not much.
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