It’s time for the first college football playoff rankings to be announced to the country. Find out who Ryan thinks will be in the top-10 and in what positions on the list.
Predicting The First College Football Playoff Ranking
The first College Football Playoff rankings are set to come out on Tuesday night, and the debates will begin almost immediately. There is no debate about which team will be holding on to the top spot, but the rest of the spots are up for grabs.
The Georgia Bulldogs have been the most dominant team in the country this season, and they will be the top-ranked team when the rankings come out. Georgia has been so dominant that they can likely suffer a loss and still comfortably stay in the top-four.
The CFP committee will continue meeting over the next few weeks and these rankings will be changing weekly. It doesn’t really matter which teams make up the top-four at this time, but it’s a list that will cause plenty of controversy among college football fans.
The real debate begins with the number two spot, but it will extend all the way through the top-10 positions. There will be two major themes that develop when the first set of rankings is announced.
Big Ten Gets Some Respect
The SEC is the best college football conference in the country, and that is a statement that is hard to argue with. The Big Ten Conference is having a pretty special year, and teams from the league are going to get some major respect when the first rankings come out.
Michigan State just picked up a monster win over rival Michigan on Saturday, and don’t be surprised to see the Spartans in the number two spot. The College Football Playoff will want a team from the Big Ten included, and putting the Spartans at number two will make an early statement.
Ohio State and Michigan both have a loss, but don’t be surprised to see them ahead of an undefeated Wake Forest team in the rankings.
Cincinnati Is Going to Be Upset
The Cincinnati Bearcats are the number two ranked team in the latest AP poll, but that doesn’t mean they will get the same respect with the committee. Cincinnati has a huge win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but they haven’t faced a difficult schedule outside of that.
The Bearcats have been a dominant team all season long, but there just doesn’t seem a legitimate path for this team to make it into the College Football Playoff. Cincinnati is not going to be included in the top-four when the first rankings come out, and that could seal the fate of the Bearcats early on in the process.
It might not seem fair, but this has been a common theme when it comes to the College Football Playoff. Teams from smaller conferences just don’t have a legitimate shot to battle it out with the big teams.
The Full Top-10:
- Georgia Bulldogs
- Michigan State Spartans
- Alabama Crimson Tide
- Oklahoma Sooners
- Cincinnati Bearcats
- Ohio State Buckeyes
- Oregon Ducks
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- Michigan Wolverines
- Wake Forest Demon Deacons