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College Football Playoff Bracketology October 27

The ninth 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 October 27.

CFP Four

1. LSU Tigers (8-0)
It’s another week in the books and LSU still has the most impressive case to make the CFP by far. This week they defeated Auburn 23-20. It was another ranked win for LSU, who also has wins over Florida and Texas. They will now be on bye while they prepare for Alabama.

This week: BYE

College Football Playoff Bracketology October 27
Chase Young (Photo by latimes.com)

2. Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0)

Ohio State is passing the eye-test, as they destroyed Wisconsin 38-7. The Badgers were the 13th-ranked team in the country heading into this game. So far this year, Ohio State has also won games over Michigan State and Cincinnati, both of which are decent wins. They still have Penn State and Michigan on the schedule, but with the way they are playing no one looks like they can stop them in the regular season.

This week: BYE

3. Penn State Nittany Lions (8-0)

In a rainy game against Michigan State, Penn State stayed unbeaten. They won 28-7, once again showing how good their defense is this season. Their play is setting up for a great game against Ohio State. Either way though, they have distinguished themselves as one of the best teams in college football.

This week: BYE

4. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0)

Without Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama had no problems with Arkansas. They still don’t have great wins on their resume, but are clearly one of the most talented teams in the country. The Crimson Tide have a bye this week and will hope to have Tagovailoa healthy for their game against LSU.

This week: BYE

First Four Out

5. Clemson Tigers (8-0)

Clemson blew out another ACC opponent in Boston College this week. Their best win is still over Texas A&M, which will not impress many people, but they are the reigning champions. The Tigers will likely have to win out to make the CFP.

This week: vs. Wofford Terriers (5-2 FCS)

6. Florida Gators (7-1)

Florida was off this week as they prepared for Georgia. They only have one loss on the season and it came at the hands of LSU. If they can beat Georgia, they can keep their CFP hopes alive.

This week: vs. Georgia Bulldogs (7-1) in Jacksonville, Florida

7. Baylor Bears (7-0)

The Bears were off this week and remain undefeated. They still have to play Texas and Oklahoma in the Big 12, which could result in losses, but so far they have taken care of business. They have decent wins over Kansas State, Iowa State and Oklahoma State so far.

This week: vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (3-4)

8. Georgia Bulldogs (7-1)

While they were off this week, Georgia will now have to play Florida. Their win over Notre Dame looks worse now that the Fighting Irish lost to Michigan. Georgia’s loss to South Carolina looks worse after the Gamecocks lost two straight, including one to Tennessee. This team has a lot to figure out, but beating Florida this week would help answer a lot of questions.

This week: vs. Florida Gators (7-1) in Jacksonville, Florida

Next Four Out

College Football Playoff Bracketology October 27
C.J. Verdell (photo by 247sports.com)

9. Oregon Ducks (7-1)

It took a late field goal, but the Ducks extended their winning streak to seven. They have only lost to Auburn this season, which is not a bad loss. Since then they have one ranked win, over Washington, who is now unranked. If they run the table, they have a chance at the CFP, but will need some help.

This week: at USC Trojans (5-3)

10. Oklahoma Sooners (7-1)

Oklahoma did not look good against Kansas State, but made the game look close late. Kansas State is now 5-2 on the season, which makes it look better, but the Wildcats were not expected to be good this year. The Sooners still have a shot at the CFP, but a lot needs to go in their favor the rest of the way.

This week: BYE

11. Utah Utes (7-1)

The Utes slipped up to USC earlier in the season, but still just have the one loss. They ran past Cal easily this week 35-0. Utah is favored to win the Pac-12 South now and will have a shot at the CFP if they run the table and beat Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

This week: at Washington Huskies (5-3)

12. Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-0)
P.J. Fleck has done a fantastic job to get Minnesota to 8-0. They don’t have many impressive wins, as their best one might be over South Dakota State of the FCS. The Golden Gophers will have to play their way up the standings with some tough games the rest of the year.

This week: BYE

 

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