We’re inching closer to the College Football Playoff committee releasing actual rankings. That happens on Nov. 1, but we didn’t want to wait. It’s time to start talk CFP rankings, and here in our second week of making picks, a few interesting trends are occurring.
Our 12 committee members at 92-9 the Game are sold that Alabama is the top team in the country, but there’s lots of argument over the No. 2 spot. After that battle, we’re also at odds with who should sit at No. 4 in the College Football Playoff.
Let’s look at our second CFP Poll:
- Alabama (11)
- Ohio State (1)
- Texas A&M
The Crimson Tide are well ahead of everyone; only one voter had them outside the top spot. The races are between Clemson and Ohio State to follow Alabama and between Michigan and Washington for the final spot in the CFP.
Clemson didn’t get a first-place vote like Ohio State did, but also didn’t land on the outside of anyone’s top four. Sure, Jeff Benedict gave the Buckeyes the top spot on his list, but two committee members (myself and John Fricke) listed them outside of the playoff. That’s why Clemson claimed the No. 2 spot.
Both Michigan and Washington landed at No. 2 on one person’s ballot, but we also left out of the playoff on multiple others. The Wolverines inched out the Huskies by mere percentage points, but Washington made a huge jump from last week’s No. 8 ranking to No. 5 here.
Here’s how our committee voted for the four playoff spots:
Texas A&M and Louisville still sit within striking distance of the top four spots with five other teams — Nebraska, Baylor, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Houston — still on a few member’s eyes.