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College Football Playoff bracketology 9/23/18

The fourth week of the college football season is in the books. There were plenty of good games to watch and some matchups had College Football Playoff implications. So who set themselves up well to make the College Football Playoff?

Note: These rankings only take into account what has happened on the field. Teams will be moved accordingly based on the teams they beat. Teams who played a lower level of competition will be ranked accordingly.

CFP Four

1. LSU Tigers (4-0)

The Tigers were able to beat Louisiana Tech 38-21 to stay unbeaten. Avoiding a loss is about all this win will do for LSU’s CFP chances, but they still rank number one because of who they have beaten so far. The wins over Miami and Auburn will help carry their case for weeks to come.

This week: vs. Ole Miss Rebels

Stanford Cardinal CFP Chances
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (Photo by ruleoftree.com)

2. Stanford Cardinal (4-0)

While their game did go to overtime, Stanford was able to beat Oregon on the road in a comeback win. Oregon was ranked and looked worthy of that ranking, as they could’ve easily won the game. This win gives Stanford three good wins, as they won games against USC and San Diego State. They’ll get tested again this week in South Bend.

This week: at Notre Dame Fighting Irish

3. Kentucky Wildcats (4-0)

Why is Kentucky ranked this high in any college football rankings? They have now beaten two ranked teams after their physical win over Mississippi State. Their other win was on the road against then-ranked Florida. The Wildcats have some real talent and while they may not be able to keep this ranking all year, they have one of the most impressive resumes in the short season.

This week: vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

4. Georgia Bulldogs (4-0)

Georgia played a probable-bowl team in Missouri and won by two touchdowns. This was their second solid win in the SEC, as they also throttled South Carolina in week 2. There is still a lot that needs to be done for their resume, but that will come in SEC play.

This week: vs. Tennessee Volunteers

First Four Out

Notre Dame CFP Chances
Ian Book (Photo by thebiglead.com)

5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0)

Notre Dame had been struggling, but really found their way at Wake Forest, winning 56-27. Their change of quarterback to Ian Book sparked the offense. Their win against Michigan looks better each week Michigan wins and the Wolverines have won three straight. They’ll have a chance to prove their rank this weekend.

This week: vs. Stanford Cardinal

6. Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0)

Nick Saban led his team to another solid win over Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide look really polished and like they are the best team in the country, but their resume has some issues. Louisville originally looked like a good win, but the Cardinals are struggling. Ole Miss and Texas A&M are both decent wins, but they will both be unranked this week. It’ll be a couple more weeks before Alabama can log a big signature win, so all they can do now is keep winning and looking good doing it.

This week: vs. Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns

7. Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0)

Urban Meyer is back and the Buckeyes look really good so far this season. This week they beat Tulane, which won’t help their case much. Their win over TCU last week looked like it was solid, but now TCU will fall out of the rankings after losing to Texas. Ohio State will have a chance to really prove what they can do when they travel to Happy Valley this weekend.

This week: Penn State Nittany Lions

8. Clemson Tigers (4-0)

With the ACC being down, Clemson will have some problems having a great resume and may not be able to risk a loss in the conference. They beat Georgia Tech this week. When the new rankings come out for the week, Clemson likely won’t have one other game on their schedule against a team ranked 20 or better. All they can do is keep winning.

This week: vs. Syracuse Orange

Next Four Out

9. Oklahoma Sooners (4-0)

The Sooners learned the hard way that they shouldn’t schedule a triple option team in the middle of the season, as Army took them to overtime. The triple option is too hard to prepare for and Oklahoma was only barely able to get out with a win. Their resume needs some work, but they are undefeated through four weeks which is a good start.

This week: Baylor Bears

West Virginia CFP chances
Will Grier (Photo by cbssports.com)

10. West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0)

This week West Virginia won 35-6 over Kansas State. Their game being canceled against NC State in week 3 will leave them with only 11 regular season wins. The Mountaineers’ wins over Tennessee and Youngstown State won’t do anything for them, so they need bigger wins down the stretch.

This week: at Texas Tech Red Raiders

11. Auburn Tigers (3-1)

Auburn beat Arkansas this week, who is the worst team in the SEC. With the win though, they are 3-1 and do have the very impressive win over Washington still on their resume. The loss to LSU isn’t that bad, but they can’t afford another loss the rest of the way.

This week: vs.Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

12. Washington Huskies (3-1)
Late on Saturday, Washington eeked out a win over Arizona State. Their wins over the Sun Devils and Utah are decent. The loss to Auburn hurts the Huskies, but if they win out they’ll be in the CFP.

This week: vs. BYU Cougars

 

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