Another week is in the books and man was it crazy. With all of the upsets, this year’s College Football Playoff selection committee will have their work cut out for them. Their first rankings of the season will come out this Tuesday. Here is how they should rank the teams if the season ended today in College Football Playoff Bracketology 10/28/18.
Note: These rankings only take into account what has happened on the field and will not project what will happen in the future. Teams with weaker schedules, to this point, will not be ranked as highly until they get some better wins.
1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-0)
Notre Dame keeps the top spot in these ranking for the time being. A lot of the national media is getting ahead of themselves putting Alabama and Clemson above the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame handled Navy in San Diego this week and have beaten the best teams so far. That will flip soon and they will drop if Alabama and Clemson keep winning due how tough the schedules are down the stretch. Beating Michigan, a top-five team, is a better win than Alabama or Clemson have so far.
This week: at Northwestern Wildcats
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0)
Alabama is the best team in the country, but they haven’t played anyone yet. Their best win is over Texas A&M, who just lost to Mississippi State. Now the Aggies will be near the bottom or will drop altogether from the top 25 rankings. That means they’ll have no top 25 wins on the season, unless Texas A&M can stay in the bottom end of the rankings. That’s crazy for a team in the SEC, but there is no reason to worry for Alabama. If they win this week, they will likely be number one.
This week: at LSU Tigers
3. Clemson Tigers (8-0)
TreIt is time to put the Tigers on cruise control if there is such a thing. The football coaches won’t like that, but the ACC poses no threats to Clemson. They had no problems with Florida State and have Boston College, Duke and South Carolina remaining on their schedule. Clemson is very talented yet will only have one or two top 25 wins when the new rankings come out this week.
This week: vs. Louisville Cardinals
4. LSU Tigers (7-1)
LSU, like Alabama, was idle this week in preparation for their big matchup. They are the most battle-tested team in the country with wins over Georgia, Florida, Miami and Mississippi State. They need to win out to secure a spot in the College Football Playoff, as a two-loss team has never made it into the CFP. If they do lose, their hopes aren’t over as this season has the potential to be crazier than any other.
This week: vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
First Four Out
5. Georgia Bulldogs (7-1)
The Bulldogs got a great win over Florida to help their case, but ultimately they control their own destiny for the CFP. Their loss to LSU is very understandable given how well the Tigers have played this season. They will play for the SEC East title this weekend.
This week: at Kentucky Wildcats
6. Michigan Wolverines (7-1)
Jim Harbaugh’s team did not have a game this week, which will give them energy heading into the end of the season. They still just have the one loss to Notre Dame and have key wins over Michigan State and Wisconsin. Those wins aren’t as good as many originally thought, especially with Wisconsin dropping their third game of the season this weekend.
This week: vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
7. Kentucky Wildcats (7-1)
Kentucky needed a last-second touchdown to beat Missouri, but they got the win to keep their dream season alive. Their wins over Florida and Mississippi State are solid, while losing to Texas A&M isn’t the worst thing in the world. If they win this week, they’ll be heading to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.
This week: vs. Georgia Bulldogs
8. Washington State Cougars (7-1)
They may not get the love that they deserve, but Washington State has a solid resume. The Cougars have wins over Utah, Oregon and Stanford. Oregon and Stanford won’t be in the top 25 this week, but Utah should move up quite a bit in the new rankings this week. Their passing attack led by Gardner Minshew looks hard to stop and they are now the front-runners in the Pac-12. Ultimately they’ll need some help to make the CFP, but they are still alive.
This week: vs. Cal Golden Bears
Next Four Out
9. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-1)
The Buckeyes did not have a game this weekend, which allowed them to regroup after their loss at Purdue. That loss is going to hold them back for the rest of the season, but if they win the Big Ten Championship they still have a slight chance to make the CFP.
This week: vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
10. Oklahoma Sooners (7-1)
Oklahoma’s offense looks explosive, but the defense still isn’t great. That could cost them in the back half of the season. While Oklahoma did lose to Texas, The Sooners rank this low because they really haven’t beaten anyone. Their best win is over Iowa State, who will likely be in the top 25 this week. There are tougher games ahead.
This week: at Texas Tech Red Raiders
11. West Virginia Mountaineers (6-1)
The schedule hasn’t been too tough for the Mountaineers, but they have just one loss through seven games. They can still win the Big 12 with one loss, but that may not be enough to get them in the College Football Playoff.
This week: at Texas Longhorns
12. Florida Gators (6-2)
Florida has two losses, but they are both to good teams in Georgia and Kentucky. They are the only two-loss team in these rankings and that is mostly because they have understandable losses and a great win over LSU. It will be very hard for them to make the CFP with two-losses and no shot at making the SEC Championship, but the committee is instructed to rank the teams based on how good they are and Florida is right in this range.
This week: vs. Missouri Tigers
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