The fourth 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 23.
1. Auburn Tigers (4-0)
The Tigers now have three really good wins after defeating Texas A&M on the road. Auburn beat Oregon in week 1 and their win over Tulane looks better now that Tulane is 3-1. When debating who has the best case for the College Football Playoff (CFP), Auburn is the clear frontrunner.
Week 5: vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-1)
2. LSU Tigers (4-0)
Joe Burrow had a career day, as LSU put up 66 points on Vanderbilt. The defense will have some things to figure out, but the Tigers still were able to go on the road and beat Texas to put them in this spot. The SEC will have some fun games down the stretch with the way things are going.
Week 5: Bye
3. Georgia Bulldogs (4-0)
In one of the most highly-anticipated games of the season, Georgia held on to beat Notre Dame at home. It was an impressive, hard-fought win. Their wins over Vanderbilt and Arkansas State are nice, but the win over the Fighting Irish is what propels them into the CFP four.
Week 5: Bye
4. Wisconsin Badgers (3-0)
Wisconsin didn’t just beat Michigan, they dominated the game from start to finish. Michigan doesn’t look great this season, but they were ranked highly and the Badgers blew them out, which gives them a lot of credit. They also have wins over USF and Central Michigan.
Week 5: vs. Northwestern Wildcats (1-2)
First Four Out
5. Clemson Tigers (4-0)
A win over UNC Charlotte won’t impress the CFP committee. Their solid win over Texas A&M now looks a little worse now that the Aggies have two losses on the young season, even if both did come to solid teams. The Tigers also beat Georgia Tech and Syracuse.
Week 5: at UNC Tar Heels (3-1)
6. Cal Golden Bears (4-0)
Cal traveled into SEC Country and took on Ole Miss. The game went down to the wire, but the Golden Bears got another nice win. So far on the season, Cal has wins over UC Davis, North Texas and Washington as well. They will likely falter at some point, but as far as early-season wins go, Cal has a decent amount.
Week 5: vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (3-1)
7. Florida Gators (4-0)
They may have been playing with a backup quarterback, but the Gators rolled over Tennessee. Their win over Kentucky looks worse as the Wildcats have fallen into a skid, but they did beat Miami to start the season off. The Hurricanes are 2-2, but Florida’s really tough games are coming up soon.
Week 5: vs. Towson Tigers (3-1 FCS)
8. Boise State Broncos (4-0)
After the UCF loss this week, Boise State is now the favorite of the Group of Five conferences to make the New Year’s Six Bowl Games. On Friday night, the Broncos defeated Air Force, who were just coming off a big win over Colorado. That win, paired with a win over a solid Marshall team and a somehow 2-2 Florida State team, should get them a decent amount of respect for now.
Week 5: Bye
Next Four Out
9. Iowa Hawkeyes (3-0)
The Hawkeyes were off this week, but with other teams losing, they are slowly rising up these rankings. Their win over Iowa State, still carries some weight, as wins over Miami (Ohio) and Rutgers won’t help their CFP case.
Week 5: vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (1-2)
10. Virginia Cavaliers (4-0)
Virginia had to come back to beat Old Dominion, but the important thing is they got the win. They have wins over Florida State and Pitt, which now looks way better after the Panthers upset UCF this week. Things won’t get easier for the Cavaliers, as they travel to South Bend to take on Notre Dame this week.
Week 5: at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0)
11. Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0)
If these rankings were based off of team talent or preseason hype, Ohio State would be near the top. They are extremely talented and have blown out some teams, but they don’t have great wins yet. The Buckeyes did beat Cincinnati, who won 11 games last year, but they need to do more to move up the list.
Week 5: at Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-1)
12. Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0)
The Crimson Tide, and Oklahoma who barely missed the cut, are in the same boat as Ohio State. They just haven’t won games over too many good teams yet. Wins over Duke, New Mexico State, South Carolina and Southern Miss are ok, but Alabama will be tested more as they head into SEC play.
Week 5: vs. Ole Miss Rebels (2-2)
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