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 is 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 September 11.
1. Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0)
After defeating Notre Dame in week 1, the Buckeyes handled Arkansas State well in week 2. The Notre Dame win does become a little more suspect after the Fighting Irish lost to Marshall, but for now the Buckeyes remain at the top.
This week: vs. Toledo Rockets (2-0)
2. Georgia Bulldogs (2-0)
Defeating Oregon in week 1 is still bolstering their resume, as Georgia dismantled Samford in week 2. The Bulldogs sure look like they are one of the best teams in the country again after winning a National Championship last season.
This week: at South Carolina Gamecocks (1-1)
3. Kentucky Wildcats (2-0)
Was Florida a little overrated after upseting Utah in week 1? Maybe. But Kentucky still logged one of the better wins of the young season by going on the road and upsetting no. 12 Florida. They also beat Miami (Ohio) in week 1. The Wildcats could push for second in the SEC East behind Georgia again.
This week: vs. Youngstown State Penguins (FCS)
4. BYU Cougars (2-0)
BYU won a late night game against Baylor at home in week 2. It was a fantastic game that took overtime for the Cougars to prevail, but they got the job done to notch a very impressive win under their belt. The schedule is still very hard for BYU, but after Cincinnati crashed the CFP last season, they have some hope.
This week: at Oregon Ducks (1-1)
First Four Out
5. Arkansas Razorbacks (2-0)
After winning a game against a tough Cincinnati team in week 1, Arkansas started off conference play by beating South Carolina. Arkansas is another team with a very tough schedule, but they have faired well so far.
This week: vs. Missouri State Bears (FCS)
6. Marshall Thundering Herd (2-0)
Marshall shocked the world when they went to South Bend and beat Notre Dame. Are they going to stay at the no. 6 spot once other teams with tougher schedules play more games? No. Is it still fair to recognize their win over a ranked opponent on the road for the time being? Yes.
This week: at Bowling Green Falcons (0-2)
7. Tennessee Volunteers (2-0)
The Volunteers traveled to Pitt and were able to win a tight game in overtime against the reigning ACC champions. Getting a ranked win helps put the Volunteers in these rankings early in the season.
This week: vs. Akron Zips (1-1)
8. North Carolina Tar Heels (3-0)
North Carolina’s win on the road in week 1 over Appalachian State looks very good after the Mountaineers went on the road and defeated Texas A&M. This week the Tar Heels won a road game over Georgia State. Their defense still will likely hold them back this season, but they are 3-0 with a nice win on the young season.
This week: BYE
Next Four Out
9. Washington State Cougars (2-0)
It isn’t easy to go into Madison, Wisconsin and beat the Badgers, but Washington State was able to do that. The ranked win carries their case to be in these rankings so far, as their other win was a close one against Idaho.
This week: vs. Colorado State Rams (0-2)
10. Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-0)
The Red Raiders were down to their backup quarterback against the ranked Houston Cougars. They still were able to win in overtime to push their record to 2-0. Next up for the Red Raiders is a tough game against NC State.
This week: at NC State Wolfpack (2-0)
11. Oregon State Beavers (2-0)
The Beavers followed up their impressive win over Boise State in week 1 with a huge road win over Fresno State, who was a contender to be the Group of Five conference representative in a New Year’s Six Bowl (they still might be). Two nice wins with one coming on the road has Oregon State set up for a nice season.
This week: vs. Montana State Bobcats (FCS)
12. Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0)
Remember these rankings are largely based on the resume of teams so far. Alabama did not look good in their road victory of Texas. The Longhorns were unranked and are coming off a five win season, so the win won’t be logged as a good one until Texas wins some games in the future. The Crimson Tide also destroyed Utah State in week 1, but that win took a hit perceptionally when the Aggies lost to FCS-level Weber State in week 2 by 28 points. The Crimson Tide will be fine in these rankings in a few weeks if they win some games.
This week: vs. UL Monroe Warhawks (1-1)
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