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 29.
1. Auburn Tigers (5-0)
Auburn has the best strength of record in the country and added to it with a win over Mississippi State this weekend. With solid wins over Oregon, Texas A&M and Tulane, the Tigers have more than proven themselves so far. They’ll have a chance to add to their impressive resume in a game vs. Florida this weekend.
This week: at Florida Gators (5-0)
2. LSU Tigers (4-0)
LSU was idle this weekend, but still has enough good wins to keep the second spot with these rankings. Their win over Texas is still one of the most impressive of the season. They have a matchup against Utah State this weekend before getting some more conference games under their belt.
This week: vs. Utah State Aggies (3-1)
3. Georgia Bulldogs (4-0)
After beating Notre Dame last weekend, Georgia had a bye on the schedule this weekend. They didn’t look great when beating the Fighting Irish last week, but they got the job done. The win is one of the best of the season and the Bulldogs should feel confident in their standing heading forward.
This week: at Tennessee Volunteers (1-3)
4. Wisconsin Badgers (4-0)
Beating Northwestern won’t do much good for the Badgers, as the Wildcats are now 1-3. The main reason Wisconsin is ranked this high is their big win over Michigan last week. They have looked great against lower-level competition this season, as their closest margin of victory was nine, which came this week.
This week: vs. Kent State Golden Flashes (2-2)
First Four Out
5. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0)
Ohio State’s best win is over Cincinnati, who could end up ranked after beating Marshall this weekend. The Buckeyes took care of business this weekend against Nebraska and certainly have passed the eye test this season already. They still need to prove themselves in a big game tough, and once they do, the Buckeyes will jump up these rankings even further.
This week: vs. Michigan State Spartans (5-1)
6. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0)
Nick Saban’s team had the game won without a doubt, but after allowing 39 points to Ole Miss, they have some things to clean up. The Crimson Tide have still looked really good so far this season. Alabama hasn’t been tested yet, but will be once they take on better teams in the next few weeks after a bye.
This week: Bye
7. Clemson Tigers (5-0)
Clemson was a two-point conversion away from losing their first game to North Carolina. The loss could have been disastrous for Clemson’s CFP hopes, as they have a very easy schedule the rest of the way in the ACC. Without many good wins available on their schedule, Clemson will need to be careful.
This week: Bye
8. Oklahoma Sooners (4-0)
Jalen Hurts has helped the Sooners blow out all of their competition so far. It hasn’t been the best schedule they’ve gone through, especially because Houston has faltered to open the season. The Sooners have still looked like one of the best teams in the country, which the CFP committee will value. Their win over Texas Tech is just another blowout to add to their case.
This week: at Kansas Jayhawks (2-3)
Next Four Out
9. Florida Gators (5-0)
The Gators haven’t looked great this season and are on their backup quarterback. The important thing is that they keep on winning though. They shut out Towson this weekend 38-0, but their CFP case is looking weak. If they can pull off the upset this weekend over Auburn, it would help them a ton.
This week: vs. Auburn Tigers (5-0)
10. Boise State Broncos (4-0)
As mentioned in previous editions of these rankings, it was only a matter of time before Boise State started to fall. It didn’t help that they had a bye this week. They have their impressive win on the road over Florida State, but their win over Marshall certainly looks a lot worse after they were destroyed by Cincinnati. The Mountain West has been good this season, but the Broncos won’t have many games on the schedule to improve their CFP case.
This week: at UNLV Rebels (1-3)
11. Iowa Hawkeyes (4-0)
Iowa usually doesn’t blow teams out, but they did just that by beating Middle Tennessee 48-3. Their win over Iowa State looks worse now that the Cyclones lost to Baylor. Iowa State is still likely to bounce back though. The Hawkeyes have a chance to win their first big games of the season when they take on Michigan this Saturday.
This week: at Michigan Wolverines (3-1)
12. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-1)
Notre Dame may have a loss, but they still have a shot to make the CFP. They beat a ranked Virginia team this weekend and looked good doing so. Their loss to Georgia last week, likely actually won them some respect across the country. There aren’t too many big games left for the Irish, so they’ll be hoping for some help along the way.
This week: vs. Bowling Green Falcons (1-3)
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