By Knox Bardeen

The Associated Press and the coaches spoke earlier in the week in terms of rankings, and both are united with their top four teams:

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Penn State

Where the two polls differ is at No. 5; the AP favors Georgia and the coaches look to Washington. Where do you stand? Rick Kamla and John Michaels welcomed Knox Bardeen into the studio for their weekly Barbershop Bickerfest (click above to  hear).

We’re still four weeks away from the College Football Playoff committee releasing their first rankings on Oct. 31. Here at 92-9 the Game, we’re ahead of the game. We’ve been releasing CFP rankings since Week 1, and we’ve got our most current rankings listed below:

  1. Clemson – 1.33 (8 first-place votes)
  2. Alabama – 1.66 (4)
  3. Oklahoma – 3.5
  4. Penn State – 4.42
  5. Georgia – 5.0
  6. Washington – 5.58
  7. TCU – 7.5
  8. Michigan – 8.08
  9. Wisconsin – 9.0
  10. Washington State – 9.63

Some of our biggest questions are as follows:

1. Who’s No. 1?

Each of our voters had Alabama and Clemson ranked first or second, there was no variation. Eight had Clemson on top and four went with the Crimson Tide.

Clemson is the only team in the country with wins over three top-15 teams and they are the defending national champions. On top of that empirical data, the Tigers are scary up front on defense, and freshman quarterback Kelly Bryant keeps growing under center week to week.

Alabama, on the other hand, has a win over a top five team and has thumped its last two opponents (both SEC foes) by a combined score of 125-3.

Who’s No. 4?

While Clemson and Alabama are locked in the top two spots, and Oklahoma firmly has control at No. 3, the fourth and final spot in the Playoff seems up for grabs.

The ranges of votes from our committee were interesting:

Penn State (4.42) – The Nittany Lions had two third-place votes, six fourth-place votes, two at fifth place, one sixth and one seventh-place vote.

Georgia (5.00) – The Dawgs came in as high as third (1), had two fourth-place votes, five fifth-place votes and four sixth-place votes.

Washington (5.58) – The Huskies had one third-place vote, two at No. 4, three at No. 5, three sixth-place votes, a seventh and two eight-place votes.

As you can see, Penn State and Washington had a huge range, from three to seven or eight. Georgia was firmly in the three to six range. It’s an interesting debate.

Penn State’s best win, arguably, was a 21-19 squeaker at Iowa. The Nittany Lions do have the Heisman front-runner carrying the football, but the meat of their schedule won’t pop up until Oct. 21 and 28, when they host Michigan and travel to Ohio State.

Washington doesn’t have a signature win either. Going into Colorado and thumping the Buffaloes 37-10 looked impressive then, but Colorado hasn’t won since. The Huskies’ big test comes at the end of the season with a home game versus Utah and a trip to Washington State to finish the regular-season schedule.

Georgia has two wins over top-25 teams, although Mississippi State now seems like it was grossly overrated. Still, going into Notre Dame and winning and then demolishing Tennessee has some merit. Let’s see what happens in Jacksonville versus the Gators and then on Nov. 11 when UGA travels to Auburn.

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