A first for the College Football Playoff rankings

Tanya Simon
November 15, 2018

They travel to Morgantown in what could be a top 10 matchup with West Virginia in two weeks and could also see another top 25 team in a potential Big 12 Championship Game, but to get into the playoffs, Oklahoma has to hope for some chaos ahead of it in the last few weeks of the season. That said, the Irish are still a 10-point favorite. I expect there will be a lot of fans of Syracuse this weekend to root against Notre Dame's playoff chances. However, there are plenty of games with intrigue or importance to the races within a conference or for a division title. Then again, Alabama showed a year ago they don't need to be SEC champions to be national champions.

"No one is playing better football than MI right now", ESPN analyst Joey Galloway said.

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Everyone can have their opinion on MI vs Alabama, it's only fair, but to believe that this team would get "boat raced" when they have the best defense to match up with Alabama, but think an 80th ranked defense would make head coach Nick Saban go "oh boy" and struggle is laughable. They were followed by Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State. It's not as if Alabama would have a loaded resume, with victories against LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn at the top.

In Ohio State's case, the body-of-work argument was strong enough to overcome being bumped from the Big Ten title chase by Penn State, a team the Buckeyes had lost to in a close game at Happy Valley. Well, it's most likely not going to happen. An Alabama loss to Georgia would be unexpected but, it seems obvious what the committee would do. That's not almost enough to reach the top four, and even the Pac-12 Championship likely won't be against a Utah team ranked much higher than where it is now at No. 18. That might be the only consolation because they could go undefeated for a second straight year and not sniff a playoff berth.

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