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College football fans are anxiously awaiting the initial unveiling of the College Football Playoff rankings to see if the committee has tricks or treats in store for their favorite team on Halloween night. This weekend was highlighted by four matchups featuring ranked opponents along with several others with playoff implications.
The game of the day lived up to the hype. After facing a double-digit deficit, J.T. Barrett led an Ohio State comeback to pull out a 39-38 Buckeyes victory. Georgia demolished Florida 42-7 amidst rumors Jim McElwain may be on the way out as Gators coach. The top two teams in our projections are in the SEC, despite the conference being down overall this season.
Notre Dame looked dominant once again as the Irish defeated a good NC State team 35-14. Notre Dame running back Josh Adams rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns. The postseason picture in the Big 12 is as crazy as the Pac-12 after TCU was upset by Iowa State. The Cyclones now have wins over TCU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma this season.
Houston handed USF its first loss, as the Bulls were the top ranked Group of Five team in last week’s AP Poll. The top ranked Group of Five team will play in one of the New Year’s Six games.
As we discussed last week, it is difficult to know exactly what the committee will emphasize this season. Based on past years we have a pretty good idea of several criteria that are likely to be of particular importance. The committee has a history of rewarding teams with quality wins, even if you have slipped up against inferior opponents. Good wins have been of greater importance than bad losses.
As other contenders look to survive and advance, Alabama has the week off, and entered their bye week as the leader in the clubhouse to get the top spot when Tuesday’s rankings are released.
Here’s a look at our predictions for the College Football Playoff rankings. We will continue to update this as more games go final.
College Football Playoff Rankings: Top 25 Predictions Week 10
|3||Notre Dame (7-1)|
|4||Ohio State (7-1)|
|6||Penn State (7-1)|
|11||Oklahoma State (7-1)|
|13||Virginia Tech (6-1)|
|14||Washington State (6-1)|
|17||Iowa State (6-2)|
|18||NC State (6-2)|
|19||Michigan State (6-2)|
|23||Texas A&M (5-2)|