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The College Football Playoff Selection Committee launched its second rankings, which look similar to the primary throughout the Top Four. After every program recorded a victory on Saturday, there isn’t any shock or debate about these spots.
As anticipated, Ohio State and Penn State slid down the pecking order due to convention losses to Iowa and Michigan State on Saturday.
Miami and Wisconsin inched nearer to the highest 4. The Hurricanes leapfrogged the Badgers due to a win over a ranked opponent in Virginia Tech.
The upcoming slate of video games will function three top-10 battles. No. 1 Georgia goes on the highway in opposition to No. 10 Auburn, No. 6 TCU goes to No. 5 Oklahoma and No. Three Notre Dame travels to Hard Rock Stadium for a matchup in opposition to No. 7 Miami.
In the meantime, try the total Top 25 rankings together with predictions on the College Football Playoff.
Top 25 Rankings
1. Georgia (9-Zero)
2. Alabama (9-Zero)
Three. Notre Dame (Eight-1)
four. Clemson (Eight-1)
5. Oklahoma (Eight-1)
6. TCU (Eight-1)
7. Miami (Eight-Zero)
Eight. Wisconsin (9-Zero)
9. Washington (Eight-1)
10. Auburn (7-2)
11. USC (Eight-2)
12. Michigan State (7-2)
13. Ohio State (7-2)
14. Penn State (7-2)
15. Oklahoma State (7-2)
16. Mississippi State (7-2)
17. Virginia Tech (7-2)
18. UCF (Eight-Zero)
19. Washington State (Eight-2)
20. Iowa (6-Three)
21. Iowa State (6-Three)
22. Memphis (Eight-1)
23. NC State (6-Three)
24. LSU (6-Three)
25. Northwestern (6-Three)
No. 1: Alabama
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It’s the boring, anticipated decide, however Alabama continues to roll via its comparatively tender schedule with out displaying a lot weak point. However, the Crimson Tide will play in opposition to two SEC-ranked opponents on the highway in November.
An Alabama loss to No. 16 Mississippi State on Saturday or No. 10 Auburn on Nov. 25 would undoubtedly jeopardize its likelihood at a College Football Playoff spot. Expect an electrical ambiance at Jordan-Hare Stadium for the Iron Bowl.
Thus far, Alabama seems like its earlier squads, bodily and overwhelming on protection:
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Top Defenses Yards per Play allowed
1 Washington Three.7
2 Alabama four.Zero
Three Michigan four.2
four Georgia four.2
5 TCU / Wisconsin / Auburn four.four
Eight Clemson four.5
At this level, the Crimson Tide’s schedule does not look as spectacular as these of different groups atop the rankings, however it’s laborious to argue in opposition to a perennial championship contender.
Aside from Mercer, we’ll see how effectively the offense stacks up in opposition to harder opponents within the coming weeks. The opposition can have a tricky process in slowing down the Crimson Tide’s speeding offense, which averages 6.1 yards per rush try.
No. 2: Notre Dame
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Notre Dame will play a essential matchup in opposition to undefeated Miami on Saturday. The matchup will both legitimatize the Hurricanes as one of many elite packages within the nation or put one other feather within the Fighting Irish’s cap as a Top Four workforce. You ought to lean towards the latter situation.
Much like Alabama, Notre Dame bodily dominates its opponents within the trenches. Head coach Brian Kelly’s group rag-dolled two earlier ranked opponents by 21 and 35 factors.
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Nonetheless, there’s some uncertainty surrounding operating again Josh Adams, who exited the earlier recreation within the first quarter. Kelly did not supply an excessive amount of information on the choice to carry the potential Heisman candidate out for many of the recreation, per Indianapolis Star reporter Laken Litman.
“He was not ruled out of the game other than him not just feeling right. He had a busy week with exams. He was a bit rundown this week. He wasn’t feeling himself. So we were really conservative with him in terms of not putting him in the game, but he wasn’t in our concussion protocol.”
Based on Kelly’s feedback, Adams looks as if he simply wants some relaxation to replenish his power ranges. He’ll want additional spring in his step in opposition to Miami’s stingy run protection that is not even permitting a speeding landing per recreation.
Notre Dame makes up for its shortcomings within the pbading badault with a powerful floor recreation, however the offense completely wants Adams at almost 100 %. Assuming he is able to go on Saturday, the Fighting Irish would clear their hardest hurdle en path to a playoff spot.
No. Three: Clemson
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Clemson does not have any powerful challenges left till its possible look within the ACC Championship Game. Head coach Dabo Swinney led his program to 4 wins over at the moment ranked opponents.
The loss to Syracuse should not harm the Tigers going ahead. Keep in thoughts quarterback Kelly Bryant did not end that recreation due to harm. As lengthy as he is wholesome and the protection continues to suffocate its opponents, Clemson can have a chance to defend its title reign.
The Tigers do not look as harmful with out Deshaun Watson below middle, however give credit score to Swinney for preserving this system afloat as a top-tier contender behind a hard-nosed protection. Nonetheless, we’ll see if Bryant could make sufficient throws in a playoff ambiance for a title repeat.
Looking on the projected top-three packages, there is a operating theme—bodily groups with dominant floor badaults.
No. four: TCU
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TCU will undergo the again door to safe the No. four spot. Head coach Gary Patterson’s group will take step one in climbing the rankings with a win over No. 5 Oklahoma on Saturday, which places the Horned Frogs atop the convention.
However, because the Big 12 added a championship recreation, we will see one other matchup between the 2 packages for the official convention title. If the faculties cut up the contests, each would miss the College Football Playoff as two-loss groups, which might sarcastically backfire in opposition to the unique cause for inserting the competition.
Despite a 7-Zero begin, many jumped off the bandwagon after a 14-7 highway loss to Iowa State—the identical program that additionally beat Oklahoma three weeks prior.
College Football Playoff Selection Committee Chair Kirby Hocutt outright challenged the Sooners protection throughout the first rankings present:
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Kirby Hocutt says CFP choice committee has questions on Oklahoma’s defensive play.
Oklahoma surrendered 52 factors in a win over Oklahoma State. TCU can have sufficient offense to maintain tempo with the Sooners offense and a powerful protection to restrict the No. Three scoring offensive unit within the nation.
Assuming the Horned Frogs win out, a loss for Wisconsin in opposition to Iowa or Michigan, a Notre Dame win over Miami and a loss for Georgia within the SEC Championship Game clear the trail for TCU within the high 4. It seems like a number of ifs, however it’s a attainable situation.