College Football has now officially come back. Each week teams will be fighting for position in an effort to make the College Football Playoff. The teams will be ranked each week, but what matters most his who they have played and beaten already on the field. Preseason rankings will not be taken into consideration here. Here is College Football Playoff Bracketology November 8.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0)
The Crimson Tide were off this week, but keep the top spot in these rankings even with Notre Dame defeating Clemson. Alabama has more quality wins, which helps them keep the top spot. They have defeated Georgia and Texas A&M, helping their resume.
This week: at LSU Tigers (2-3)
2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-0)
Notre Dame won an instant classic against Clemson to move them up to the second spot. Their other wins don’t carry much weight, but the Fighting Irish should be able to accomplish their goals and get to the ACC Championship after beating the Tigers.
This week: at Boston College Eagles (5-3)
3. Clemson Tigers (7-1)
They may have lost this weekend, but it was a tough matchup on the road. The Tigers were without three defensive starters and Trevor Lawrence, which the CFP Committee will take into account. Clemson still has the win over Miami, which helps them keep in the top three.
This week: BYE
4. Cincinnati Bearcats (6-0)
The Bearcats didn’t just stay undefeated with their win over Houston, they proved a point. They won the game 38-10. It will be hard for them to stay in the top four much longer without help, but they do have wins over SMU, Army and Memphis, which are all solid.
This week: vs. ECU Pirates (1-5)
First Four Out
5. BYU Cougars (8-0)
In their toughest matchup of the season, BYU dominated. They defeated the 21st-ranked Boise State on the road for their eighth win of the season. Their schedule will continue to hurt them in these conversations, but this win will keep them in the conversation.
This week: BYE
6. Texas A&M Aggies (5-1)
Other than their loss to Alabama, the Aggies have taken care of business. They have a big win over Florida and now can keep winning games. If they win out, there is a possibility they could make the CFP with one loss.
This week: at Tennessee Volunteers (2-4)
7. Florida Gators (4-1)
Florida didn’t just win the game against Georgia. They made their very good defense look mediocre. With the win they extended their record to 4-1. Their only loss is to Texas A&M and now have a key win. If they want to make the CFP, they simply have to win out and win the SEC Championship Game.
This week: vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (2-3)
8. Indiana Hoosiers (3-0)
The Hoosiers defeated the 23rd ranked Michigan Wolverines this week. They also have a ranked win over Penn State, but both of those teams will have a tough time getting back into the rankings after rough starts. Indiana has a long way to go, but so far they have impressed.
This week: at Michigan State Spartans (1-2)
Next Four Out
9. Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0)
Ohio State looks like one of the four best teams in the country, but they still have only played three games. Their best win is over Penn State, who still hasn’t won a game. The Buckeyes will likely move up these rankings over the next few weeks once they get more games under their belts.
This week: at Maryland Terrapins (2-1)
10. Liberty Flames (7-0)
In a crazy game, Liberty defeated Virginia Tech, 38-35. The Flames are undefeated and have some decent wins along the way. With wins over Syracuse and Virginia Tech, Liberty still can improve their standing with games against NC State and Coastal Carolina on the schedule.
This week: Western Carolina Leathernecks (FCS 0-0)
11. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (7-0)
The Chanticleers just keep winning. This week they defeated South Alabama 23-6. At 7-0, Coastal Carolina should be able to walk away with a Sun Belt title.
This week: at Troy Trojans (4-3)
12. Marshall Thundering Herd (6-0)
Beating UMass does nothing for Marshall besides them avoiding a loss, but they did win big, 51-10. There are a lot of undefeated teams from smaller conferences right now, so Marshall will have to take care of their business and see how the dust settles.
This week: vs. Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (2-5)
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