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/ 5/18.
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. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0)
Alabama showing they were the best team in the country came as no surprise heading into this week and they furthered that belief with their 29-0 win over LSU. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s knee is worth keeping an eye on, but this team has a great win now, which isn’t something they had last week when they ranked number one in the committee’s rankings.
This week: vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs
2. Clemson Tigers (9-0)
Can anyone in the ACC give Clemson a game? The Tigers routed Louisville 77-16. They continue to dominate the competition and have a couple decent wins that keep their resume going, but they’ll be number two as long as they keep winning, as long as Alabama doesn’t lose.
This week: at Boston College Eagles
3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-0)
The Fighting Irish were able to grind out another win this week, this time in Evanston over Northwestern. Even though they only won by 10 points, they are a team that is likely in if they win out and out if they do not.
This week: at Florida State Seminoles
4. Georgia Bulldogs (8-1)
While they were sixth in the initial CFP rankings, Georgia just clinched the SEC East with their win over Kentucky. They got a tough road victory over a top 10 team, which bolsters their case and helps them jump Michigan, who ranked fifth last week. Winning by 17 should ease the minds of anyone on the committee.
This week: vs. Auburn Tigers
First Four Out
5. Michigan Wolverines (8-1)
The Wolverines got some revenge over Penn State, who blew them out last year, with their 42-7 win. Michigan clearly is peaking at the right time of the season and now have beaten three of four tough opponents in the Big Ten.
This week: at Rutgers Scarlet Knights
6. Oklahoma Sooners (8-1)
Oklahoma had to go into a tough environment, but was able to outlast Texas Tech to win the game. Although their defense still needs work, their offense can carry this team to a College Football Playoff appearance if they win out.
This week: vs Oklahoma State Cowboys
7. Washington State Cougars (8-1)
The Cougars pulled off the win over Cal, although it was close. They will move up a spot with LSU losing, but didn’t have a great game that the committee will be impressed by. Washington State will struggle to make the CFP if Notre Dame wins out and the Big Ten/BigXII champions only have one loss.
This week: at Colorado Buffaloes
8. West Virginia Mountaineers (7-1)
Will Grier helped turn the Mountaineers’ game into an instant classic. The Mountaineers were able to score a touchdown and get a two-point conversion with 16 seconds left to knock off the Longhorns. This gives a solid win to West Virginia, but also means they are very likely going to make the Big XII Championship Game.
This week: vs TCU Horned Frogs
Next Four Out
9. Ohio State Buckeyes (8-1)
Ohio State clearly still has a lot of issues that need fixing. They give up big plays and can’t get much of a run game going. The Buckeyes were in a close game to the end with a two-win Nebraska Cornhusker’s team. Can Dwayne Haskins carry this team to a Big Ten Championship? It’s looking less and less likely by the week.
This week: at Michigan State Spartans
10. LSU Tigers (7-2)
How far should a 29-0 loss to Alabama drop a team? LSU has two losses, with the other one coming to Florida. With wins over Georgia, Mississippi State and Auburn still there, it’s safe to say the Tigers should drop, but not out of the top 10.
This week: at Arkansas Razorbacks
11. UCF Golden Knights (8-0)
All UCF can do is keep winning. They didn’t play their best against Temple and certainly are a vulnerable team. Last season, two and three loss teams were ranked ahead of them. This time they are ranked higher than they were at this point last season, which is at least some consolation. They’ll still need to hope for absolute chaos to have any shot at the CFP.
This week: vs Navy Midshipmen
12. Kentucky Wildcats (7-2)
Kentucky competed for the SEC East, but ultimately shot themselves in the foot with penalties, ejections and missed tackles. They mostly get this spot because the teams ranked roughly around them had results that warrant it. Florida (ranked 11 last week) lost to Missouri, UCF (12) might jump them, West Virginia (13) will jump them, Penn State (14) lost to Michigan, Utah (15) lost to Arizona State. Iowa (16) lost to Purdue, Texas (17) lost to West Virginia and Mississippi State (18) already has a loss to Kentucky this year.
This week: at Tennessee Volunteers
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