Another week and another new no. 1 team - at least according to the first edition of the CFB Playoff rankings. Ohio State, yes the team that has two ranked wins and none against a top 10 opponent, is the playoff committee’s best team. Okay then. The AP remains unchanged - LSU, Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Penn State are their top five. The CFB committee rounds out the 2-5 spots with LSU, Alabama, Penn State, and Clemson. Yes, Clemson is out of the playoff at the moment. Though it seems an awful lot like the committee is trying to hype up OSU - Penn State as a de facto playoff game if both remain undefeated for their meeting on November 23rd.
This week’s titanic meeting of LSU (2) - Alabama (3) could also be a de facto playoff game, though it’s very possible that a one-loss SEC team like the Tigers or Crimson Tide would make it into the playoff if another team or two falters. Georgia, Oregon, Utah and Oklahoma make up the 6-9 slots while the Florida Gators dropped to 10th this week after losing to UGA 24-17. Very little else changed during this week of college football, Baylor continues to move up, this week at no. 11 in the AP, and could possibly find themselves having a real shot at the playoff race if they knock off the Sooners on November 16th. The Memphis - SMU game proved to dramatically flip both teams in the rankings; Memphis shooting up five spots to 19th and SMU dropping eight down to 23.