In 15 days the College Football Playoff committee will release its first official rankings of the 2016 season. We’ve been at it for three weeks now.
Our committee members here at 92-9 have been hard at work, watching football and debating the facts. Once again, Alabama is the clear-cut favorite for our top spot (only one person didn’t have the Crimson Tide at No. 1). After the pride of the Southeastern Conference, there’s much debate.
Let’s look at our third CFP Poll:
- Alabama (9)
- Ohio State (1)
- Texas A&M
- West Virginia
Others receiving votes: Wisconsin, Florida and Western Michigan.
According to our members’ votes, Alabama would play Washington and Ohio State and Clemson would face off in this year’s playoff.
Here’s how our committee voted for the four playoff spots:
Last week the Tigers and Buckeyes were the 2 and 3 seeds, respectively, but this week they flip-flopped; still playing one another in the postseason, however.
Alabama gets to face a new 4-seed as Washington is now ahead of Michigan by the closest of margins in our poll.
Texas A&M, Louisville, Nebraska and Baylor stayed put at Nos. 6-9, with West Virginia entering the poll for the first time.
Wisconsin dropped out after losing to Ohio State as did Tennessee (huge loss to Alabama) and Houston, who narrowly defeated Tulsa.