The 11th week of the college football season is in the books. Each week the performance of the teams on the field can be looked at to see who is in the best position to make the College Football Playoff. Note that this bracketology will only take into consideration what happened on the field, so teams who played tough games will be ranked high. Conversely, hyped-up teams who haven’t played tough games yet, will likely be unranked or ranked lowly on the list until there is a solid sample size. Here is the College Football Playoff bracketology November 10.
1. LSU Tigers (9-0)
Although they were ranked second in the initial CFP rankings, LSU has to be the top-ranked team in the new rankings after beating Alabama 46-41. With wins over Alabama, Texas, Auburn and Florida, there is not a team in the country with better wins.
This week: at Ole Miss Rebels (4-6)
2. Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0)
They didn’t have Chase Young, but Ohio State didn’t seem to miss him this weekend. The Buckeyes won 73-14 and only drop in these rankings because of LSU’s win over Alabama. Ohio State has passed the eye test and have won games over Cincinnati, Indiana and Wisconsin, who are all decent teams.
This week: at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-7)
3. Clemson Tigers (10-0)
Clemson gets to move up in these rankings because of teams ahead of them losing. They are still undefeated and if they want to make the CFP, they need to stay that way. A win over NC State won’t move the needle for the committee if they lose.
This week: vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-2)
4. Georgia Bulldogs (8-1)
The Bulldogs rode right passed Missouri with a 27-0 win. They were ranked sixth in the initial CFP rankings and will move up with other teams losing. Georgia has to get a win over Auburn then should be able to cruise into the SEC Championship Game, which will have everything riding on it.
This week: at Auburn Tigers (7-2)
First Four Out
5. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-1)
Alabama shouldn’t drop too much for losing to LSU. It was a good game and if Alabama wins out, they could be in the CFP with LSU. Otherwise, they will just be waiting and hoping for an LSU loss.
This week: at Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-5)
6. Oregon Ducks (8-1)
Oregon was off this week as they prepare for the last three games of the regular season. With the way things have gone, it looks like they might just get a shot at the CFP if they win out. The Ducks don’t have many marquee wins, but their loss to Auburn will not hurt them too badly.
This week: vs. Arizona Wildcats (8-1)
7. Utah Utes (8-1)
The Utes are on a five-game winning streak after losing to USC. They look like they are on a collision course to play Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Utah, like Oregon, doesn’t have a lot of wins that will carry their case, but if they win the Pac-12 they can get in.
This week: vs. UCLA Bruins (4-5)
8. Oklahoma Sooners (8-1)
It was a close one in Norman, but the Sooners pulled out the victory over Iowa State. Their best win of the year is over Texas, which now looks a little better after the Longhorns beat Kansas State. They have a big matchup this week against Baylor, which will give a clearer picture to the CFP.
This week: at Baylor Bears (9-0)
Next Four Out
9. Minnesota Golden Gophers (9-0)
Minnesota got their big win over Penn State this week, which legitimizes their season so far. They should arguably be ranked higher, but this is already a jump of eight spots from the initial CFP rankings. The Golden Gophers will have to win some key games down the stretch to move up the rankings.
This week: at Iowa Hawkeyes (6-3)
10. Baylor Bears (9-0)
They had to go to overtime, but the Bears were able to hold off TCU to keep their unbeaten season alive. The Bears have nice wins over Iowa State and Kansas State, but still have Oklahoma and Texas on the schedule. All Baylor can do is continue to win and see where the chips fall.
This week: vs. Oklahoma Sooners (8-1)
11. Penn State Nittany Lions (8-1)
Penn State lost a tough one on the road to Minnesota. They still have a good win over Michigan, but that will likely only be able to keep them in the top 10. The Nittany Lions have to go through Ohio State to make the playoff now.
This week: vs. Indiana Hoosiers (7-2)
12. Florida Gators (8-2)
Florida started slow, but piled it on 56-0 over Vanderbilt. They are likely awaiting a disaster scenario to make the CFP at this point. Even if that does happen, there is no guarantee they make the CFP.
This week: at Missouri Tigers (5-4)
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