Who’s Still Standing? – College Football Playoff Contenders

Tuesday’s College Football Playoff Rankings Still Mean Nothing

On Tuesday, the College Football Playoff Committee will release their third edition of playoff rankings. This is just a friendly reminder, the rankings release is just another cash grab by the NCAA and ESPN to generate excitement. Right now, no one has a clue who will actually be the last four standing. Everything is so convoluted for the sake of debate. For sanity’s sake, here’s a clearer view of where every contender stands right now. 

There are three tiers of teams to look at: Undefeated and one-loss Power 5 teams, of course, but also two-loss teams with really good losses. While no team with two losses has ever made the college football playoff, one team, if not many, have a legitimate shot at changing that.

Undefeated 

(Rankings based on AP Top 25)

1. Alabama (10-0)

A loss to Auburn in two weeks would put Saban and the Tide in a weird spot. Otherwise, Bama seems destined for another playoff appearance.

2. Miami (9-0)

The Canes still have an ACC title matchup with Clemson looming. Right now it looks like it could be a de facto playoff play-in game.

5. Wisconsin (10-0)

With Alabama/Auburn and Miami/Clemson still on the horizon, Wisconsin just needs to take care of their own business.  Their first test, the weekend versus Michigan. Then they need to win the Big 1o title. It will be hard to leave a Power 5 team with a zero in the loss column out of the playoff.

14. Central Florida (9-0)

They’re undefeated, but their non-Power 5 schedule really hurts. They need everyone to lose, like twice. 

One Loss

3. Oklahoma (9-1)

Baker Mayfield and the Sooners are in the driver’s seat. They just need to avoid the trap against Kansas, take care of a West Virginia team that they are better than, and win the Big 12. They have the easiest road to the playoffs out of any team still remaining.

4. Clemson (9-1)

All eyes are on the ACC Championship game between Miami and the defending National Champs. It’s most likely that the winner is in the playoffs and the loser is out.

7. Georgia (9-1)

Georgia needs to redeem themselves in the SEC Championship Game. Right now, it looks as if only a conference title will land the Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff.

Legitimate Two Losses, Power 5

6. Auburn (8-2)

Auburn is still alive based on the notion they win out. If they win out that would entail beating Alabama at home on the 25th and then beating a one-loss Georgia in the SEC Championship. Basically, the Tiger’s control their own destiny. 

8. Ohio State (8-2)

The Buckeyes need a lot of help from the top to sneak into the playoffs. They need Alabama to win the SEC title and Miami to beat Clemson. Then Ohio State needs to beat Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship. The cards have to fall the right way but don’t count these guys out yet.

Next In Line Should Everything Hit the Fan

9. Notre Dame (8-2)

12. USC (9-2)

13. Penn St. (8-2)

 

 

 

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