Another week is in the books and the good games kept coming. With all of the upsets, this year’s College Football Playoff selection committee will have their work cut out for them. Their rankings will come out Tuesday. Here is how they should rank the teams if the season ended today in College Football Playoff Bracketology 11/ 11/18.
Note: These rankings are a projection of how the CFP Committee will rank the teams.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (10-0)
Alabama has pitched two straight shutouts now with their 24-0 win over Mississippi State. There is not a more complete team in college football. The health at the quarterback position is still concerning, but they pass the eye test and have some great wins over the last two weeks to make sure they keep the top spot.
This week: vs. The Citadel (FCS)
2. Clemson Tigers (10-0)
Boston College was able to stay within range of Clemson, but produced no offense. Alabama may be ranked number one, but it certainly looks like Clemson won’t be tested until the CFP. They have slipped up before, as last year they lost to a non-bowl eligible Syracuse team, but this year’s team is more complete.
This week: vs. Duke Blue Devils
3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-0)
Although they beat a team that likely won’t make a bowl game in Florida State, it has to look to the committee that Notre Dame can win with two separate quarterbacks. Their schedule is lacking, but their head to head win over Michigan should help them in the final rankings, if it comes to that point. They do have one more surprisingly good team left on their schedule coming up this week.
This week: vs. Syracuse Orange (in New York City, NY)
4. Michigan Wolverines (9-1)
Michigan is on fire right now, but they likely could have beaten Rutgers if they played their worst. The Wolverines will likely retain the fourth spot in the rankings. They have a great defense and a solid offense making them tough to beat. The winner of “The Game” will likely go to the Big Ten Championship Game.
This week: vs. Indiana Hoosiers
First Four Out
5. Georgia Bulldogs (9-1)
The Bulldogs handled Auburn in one of their rivalry games. Georgia still controls its own destiny, but will have to be flawless down the stretch, including the SEC Championship Game against Alabama. With a fast team, Georgia will be tough to beat down the stretch.
This week: vs. UMass Minutemen
6. Oklahoma Sooners (9-1)
Bedlam certainly felt like an aptly named rivalry this time around with Oklahoma winning 48-47. Their defense is still a huge concern in their final two or three games before the final rankings come out. They’ll play Kansas this week, but could play West Virginia in back to back weeks after that if both teams take care of business.
This week: vs. Kansas Jayhawks
7. Washington State Cougars (9-1)
The Cougars move up because LSU looked so sloppy against Arkansas. Washington State took care of business themselves winning at Colorado 31-7. Gardner Minshew and the offense are rolling, but the defense is also playing well with just 20 points allowed in the last two weeks.
This week: vs. Arizona Wildcats
8. LSU Tigers (8-2)
LSU looked flat after their game with Alabama and almost resulted in a loss. The Tigers win and move on. They still need absolute chaos to even have a shot at the CFP, but were ranked seventh last week, meaning they will be right around there again this week.
This week: vs. Rice Owls
Next Four Out
9. West Virginia Mountaineers (8-1)
Will Grier has now led the Mountaineers to three straight wins. They had no problems with a bad TCU team, winning 47-10. Their offense is great and their defense is also playing well. They will likely challenge Oklahoma for the Big 12.
This week: at Oklahoma State Cowboys
10. Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1)
Ohio State used defense and special teams to help secure the win in East Lansing over Michigan State. They still have their issues, as Michigan State even helped Ohio State score points. It’s a good win and they stay in the hunt for the CFP, but will need some help.
This week: at Maryland Terrapins
11. Syracuse Orange (8-2)
While the Orange are for all intents and purposes out of the CFP picture, they will be ranked in the top 12 this week. They have taken advantage of a down year in the ACC. They’ll have a chance to play spoiler to Notre Dame this week.
This week: vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (in New York City, NY)
12. UCF Knights (10-0)
Most teams on this list don’t need style points, but UCF needs them. Beating a two-win Navy team by just 11 points will not instill confidence in anyone. They are still undefeated with some key games down the stretch, but will not make the College Football Playoff.
This week: vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
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