Another week is in the books and the good games kept coming. With all of the upsets, this year’s College Football Playoff selection committee will have their work cut out for them. Their rankings will come out Tuesday. Here is how they should rank the teams if the season ended today in College Football Playoff Bracketology 11/ 18/18.
Note: These rankings are a projection of how the CFP Committee will rank the teams.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-0)
Yes, it definitely is concerning that The Citadel was able to take the Crimson Tide into halftime with a tie score. Their second half was a lot better. Alabama is still the best team in the country, they just had a bad half of football. They’ll have to bring their best games for rivalry week.
This week: vs. Auburn Tigers
2. Clemson Tigers (11-0)
Clemson locked up the undefeated ACC season with a win over Duke. They now know their opponent will be Pittsburgh in the ACC Championship Game, but still have one game left to deal with. While Notre Dame did handle Syracuse better than Clemson did, the Tigers are in almost no danger of falling.
This week: vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-0)
Notre Dame was able to beat Syracuse without too much trouble. The Fighting Irish playing Syracuse better than Clemson will maybe be a confidence booster, but won’t move them up any further in the standings. Their win over Michigan has remained a great win with the Wolverines being on a winning streak since the season-opener. Rivalry week will not give Notre Dame a chance to impress the committee and the only way they can move up is if a team ahead of them loses.
This week: at USC Trojans
4. Michigan Wolverines (10-1)
It wasn’t pretty, but Michigan was able to grind out a win over Indiana. With their lone loss still being to Notre Dame, Michigan controls their own fate to be in the College Football Playoff. They’ll have to beat their rival this week, who have beaten them 13 of the last 14 times and is a top 10 team.
This week: at Ohio State Buckeyes
First Four Out
5. Georgia Bulldogs (10-1)
Georgia took care of business against UMass, but are stuck in the number five spot until someone loses, or until they beat Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Their loss to LSU still holds them back from being in the top four, but if they win the SEC Championship Game, they SHOULD be in the College Football Playoff.
This week: vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
6. Oklahoma Sooners (10-1)
The Sooners are still giving up a lot of points, but it has only cost them one game this season. They need help to make the College Football Playoff at the moment. If their defense can hang on, they’ll have a shot. Oklahoma will be tested against West Virginia in the last week before the Big XII Championship Game.
This week: at West Virginia Mountaineers
7. Washington State Cougars (10-1)
The CFP Committee seemingly hasn’t wanted to move Washington State up above LSU yet, but the Cougars scored 55 points in the first half against Arizona. Wazzu is firing on all cylinders, although they’ll need a little bit of help to make the College Football Playoff, even if they can win out.
This week: vs. Washington Huskies
8. LSU Tigers (9-2)
LSU beat Rice 42-10 this week to stay high in the rankings, although they have a minimal chance of making the College Football Playoff. They’d need all of the teams ranked ahead of them to lose at least one more game for them to even be considered, but it’s college football and anything can happen.
This week: at Texas A&M Aggies
Next Four Out
9. Ohio State Buckeyes (10-1)
Maryland put a real scare into the Buckeyes, taking them to overtime. The Buckeyes simply couldn’t stop the Terrapins, who aren’t the greatest offensive team, so they outscored them. Having to go to overtime to beat Maryland will give pause to some committee members, but with West Virginis losing, they move up a spot this week. While they aren’t totally out of the College Football Playoff discussion, if they are in a similar situation to last year, the committee has plenty of reason to leave them off based on their play.
This week: vs. Michigan Wolverines
10. UCF Knights (11-0)
There were no problems for the Knights this week, beating a ranked Cincinnati team 38-13. It is the best win of their season and they move up because of that along with West Virginia’s loss. The strength of schedule is the problem for UCF, so there isn’t much the Knights can do, but keep winning.
This week. at USF Bulls
11. West Virginia Mountaineers (8-2)
The Mountaineers had College Football Playoff hopes before this week’s game, but after losing to Oklahoma their dreams are over. They only fall two spots in the rankings due to Syracuse losing. They are also one of the best two-loss teams in the country.
This week: vs. Oklahoma Sooners
12. Texas Longhorns (8-3)
Texas has no shot at making the College Football Playoff. They did beat a good Iowa State team to move up in the rankings. The Longhorns are also still alive for a Big XII Championship Game appearance.
This week. at Kansas Jayhawks
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