The third 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 September 15.
1. LSU Tigers (3-0)
A win over Northwestern State won’t do anything for their CFP case, but LSU did win again. The win over Texas still puts them at the top of this list for the time being.
Week 4: at Vanderbilt (0-2)
2. Clemson Tigers (3-0)
This week the Tigers defeated the Syracuse Orange on the road. Syracuse now has two losses, so the win isn’t great, but Clemson won easily yet again. The win over Texas A&M last week really drives their resume.
Week 4: vs. Charlotte 49ers (2-1)
3. Auburn Tigers (3-0)
It was an easy win against Kent State for Auburn. The Tigers ranks so highly still because their win over Oregon is still one of the best on the young season.
Week 4: at Texas A&M Aggies (2-1)
4. Cal Golden Bears (3-0)
Cal grinded out another win this week, this time against a tough North Texas Team. Their win over Washington last week looks really good, as the Huskies blew out Hawaii this week. While the Golden Bears aren’t projected to be a CFP contender, they have good enough wins to keep them in the top four for now.
Week 4: at Ole Miss Rebels (2-1)
First Four Out
5. Arizona State Sun Devils (3-0)
In an absolutely ugly game, the Sun Devils went to East Lansing and defeated Michigan State 10-7. It was their only marquee win, but this early in the season, it is still one of the best of the college football season.
Week 4: vs. Colorado Buffaloes (2-1)
6. Temple Owls (2-0)
The Owls have just played two games on the season so far. One was a win over FCS-level Bucknell, the other was an upset over Maryland, who had just jumped into the top 25. The win puts them on this list, but UCF are still the frontrunners in the AAC.
Week 4: at Buffalo Bulls (1-2)
7. Florida Gators (3-0)
Florida had a good comeback win over Kentucky for another solid win. They also beat Miami in the opening weekend of the college football season. The Gators will have to play a backup quarterback from here on out, as Feleipe Franks got injured this week.
Week 4: vs. Tennessee Volunteers (1-2)
8. Boise State Broncos (3-0)
Late Saturday, Boise State beat Portland State. This keeps their undefeated record going, but the first two games of the season put Boise State here. Yes, the win over Florida State looks worse now that the Seminoles almost lost to ULM and then did lose to Virginia. But Boise State still has a good win over Marshall as well.
Week 4: vs. Air Force Falcons (2-0)
Next Four Out
9. Utah Utes (3-0)
Utah didn’t have any problems with Idaho State and kept their perfect season alive. Their win over Northern Illinois is solid and the win over BYU is looking better after the Cougars knocked off Tennessee and USC in back to back weeks.
Week 4: at USC Trojans (2-1)
10. Iowa Hawkeyes (3-0)
The first two weeks of the season, Iowa defeated Miami (Ohio) and Rutgers. Week 3 provided them a chance to get a big win. They defeated Iowa State, who figures to compete in the Big 12, on the road. It’s a win over a rival and a win to boost their perception.
Week 4: BYE
11. Virginia Cavaliers (3-0)
Virginia won a tight game against Florida State this week. They also have wins over William & Mary and Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is a decent win, as the Panthers played Penn State very close in week 3. The Cavaliers now will look to win the ACC Coastal.
Week 4: vs. Old Dominion Monarchs (1-1)
12. Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0)
Each week, the Buckeyes continue to dominate. This week they beat Indiana, who should be in the running for a bowl game. Beating FAU also could give them a win over a bowl team, while their win over Cincinnati is sneakily one of the best of the season. The schedule will soon get tougher for the Buckeyes.
Week 4: vs. Miami (Ohio) Redhawks (1-2)
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