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Who should be ranked No. 1 in college football? Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice have differing opinions

Who should be ranked No. 1 in college football? Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice have differing opinions

The College Football Playoff committee released its first ranking of the 2019 season on Tuesday, and there was plenty of backlash that followed.

If the Playoff started this week, the four teams playing would be as follows: 1. Ohio State, 2. LSU, 3. Alabama, and 4. Penn State. Clemson and Georgia were listed as the first two schools out.

While Ohio State has been more than impressive, many believe that LSU earned the top spot, at least for the initial ranking. Of those is Redskins running back and former LSU Tiger, Derrius Guice.

The second-year running back took to Twitter to expresses his dissatisfaction with LSU's initial ranking.

That caught the attention of his current Burgundy and Gold teammate and former Ohio State Buckeye, Dwayne Haskins. Naturally, the rookie quarterback had to fire back at Guice and defend his school.

But the conversation didn't stop there. The two went back and forth, and it was quite entertaining. 

Haskins then went on to say he believes his former squad would take home the National Championship, and Guice asked the first-rounder to place a wager on it.

To be fair, both Ohio State and LSU have a legitimate case for the No. 1 ranking. The Buckeyes are 8-0 and are defeating opponents by an average of over 40 points per game. 

But LSU is also 8-0, and the Tigers have three top-10 victories, including wins over Texas, Florida, and Auburn. As of now, both teams are on a collision course to play each other in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Which team is better is up for debate, but one thing is for sure: If the Tigers leave Tuscaloosa on Saturday with a road victory over No. 3 Alabama, the No. 1 ranking won't belong to the Buckeyes for long.

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Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins played much of the Redskins Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a sprained ankle.

The rookie had a very noticeable limp and struggled to put weight on his bad leg. Haskins was clearly not at full health. Backup quarterback Case Keenum was seen warming up multiple times on the sideline, but never entered the game.

In the team's postgame press conference, interim head coach Bill Callahan said he never considered pulling Haskins from the game. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who was teammates with Haskins at Ohio State and has known the quarterback for a while, never thought that Haskins would exit the game, either.

"I know Dwayne. I've known him for a while now," McLaurin told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "He's a tough guy, and I feel like he gives us a good chance to win games. I knew if he was out there, he was going to be good to go. He was hobbled a little bit, but he wasn't going to use that as an excuse at all. It was cool to see him fight through it. We just hope that he can get healthy for next week."

McLaurin was then asked whether he thought Haskins should have been pulled. The wideout commended his quarterback for his toughness, and believes that will go a long way in terms of earning respect from his teammates.

"I mean, I'm not a doctor, so I feel like if you feel like you can play, then you try to play. Only that person knows how bad it is," McLaurin said. "He's a tough guy. He's a guy trying to earn the respect of this team. He's a quarterback, he's young. I feel like stuff like that really puts you in a step forward to get some respect. He was noticeably hurt and he fought for us."

Haskins finished 16-for-27 for 171 yards. He connected on an incredible late touchdown pass with McLaurin to pull the Redskins within five with just over a minute remaining in the game. On the two-point conversion try, Haskins put his body on the line, diving for the goal line headfirst. He didn't convert.

The Packers recovered the Redskins ensuing onside kick attempt, the Burgundy and Gold's final hope at pulling off the upset. 

The Redskins offensive line did not help out a hobbled Haskins much either. The rookie was sacked four times in the loss and hit the turf on numerous other occasions.

Although the Redskins weren't able to pull off the upset, Haskins showed poise and toughness by fighting through a noticeable injury and giving the Redskins everything he had.

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The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins entered Lambeau Field in Week 14 with a 3-9 record, but because the NFC East has been such a mess this year, they still had very slim playoff hopes. 

Thanks to their 20-15 loss against the Packers, however, those slim hopes are now nonexistent. Washington will not play in the postseason for the fourth straight campaign. 

The Burgundy and Gold would’ve had to finish by winning their final four contests and also would’ve needed major help from the Cowboys to the Eagles in order to sneak into the playoffs. That scoreboard watching isn’t necessary anymore, of course. 

“It’s tough being eliminated,” Terry McLaurin said in the visitor's locker room. “Our division is so open.”

Now, the team will use the next three weeks to further look at Dwayne Haskins’ growth as well as the development of other young pieces on both sides of the ball. Then, when those games wrap up, they’ll need to find a new head coach for 2020 and consider other possible changes within the franchise as well. 

When this season began back in July at training camp, there was some thought that the Redskins could compete behind a potentially improved defense and a run-centric offense. Those things didn’t emerge, though, and now, the organization will again be irrelevant on the field when January comes around.

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