The college football playoff rankings are out. They are mostly meaningless though because they represent what would happen if the playoff was today. Of course, it isn’t. So instead I present to you the hierarchy of college football playoff teams. I did this last year and my first version correctly nailed the four teams (meaning that after crossing things off that are eliminated the top four remaining spots on my list were who made the playoff), although not in perfect order.
Alabama is ranked higher my the committee, and most people seem to agree that they are right behind Clemson at the moment. But Ohio St. and Oklahoma St. still have the toughest parts of their schedule left. I struggle to see a 1-loss Alabama team finishing ahead of undefeated Ohio St. (who will have beaten Michigan St., Michigan and Iowa in consecutive weeks by then) or Oklahoma St. (who would added wins against Baylor and Oklahoma). Remember Alabama has Charleston Southern this week. A game that won’t help they in the rankings at all, while all the teams right behind them play quality opponents.
Notre Dame remains an interesting case. I have them slotted above a 1-loss SEC champ, which is starting to look incorrect. We shall see how thing shake out though.
I’ll update this again the week of conference championship games.
|2||Undefeated ACC Champ||Clemson|
|3||Undefeated Big 10 Champ||Ohio St./Iowa|
|4||Undefeated Big 12 Champ||Oklahoma St.|
|5||1-Loss Notre Dame||Notre Dame|
|6||1-Loss SEC Champ||Florida/Alabama|
|8||1-Loss Big 10 Champ||Michigan St./Ohio St./Iowa|
|9||1-Loss Big 12 Champ||Oklahoma St./TCU/Baylor/Oklahoma|
|10||1-Loss ACC Champ||Clemson/North Carolina|
|11||Undefeated AAC Champ||Houston|
|12||2-Loss Notre Dame||Notre Dame|
|13||2-Loss SEC Champ||Florida/Alabama|
|14||2-Loss Big 10 Champ||Michigan St./Ohio St./Iowa/Michigan/Wisconsin|
|15||2-Loss Big 12 Champ||Oklahoma St./TCU/Baylor/Oklahoma|
|16||2-Loss ACC Champ||Clemson/North Carolina|
|17||2-Loss Pac 12 Champ||Stanford/Utah|