The second version of the 2018 College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday. The top of the latest poll is identical to the first release. Georgia retains the No #1 position followed by league rival Alabama. The Bulldogs have already earned a date in the SEC Championship Game when they clinched the East title last weekend. Odds to Win College Football Championship: CFP Rankings redo.
Independent Notre Dame held serve with a win over a ranked opponent last Saturday, the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The Fighting Iris own the No #3 spot while Clemson is fourth.
The overwhelming performance by Heisman Trophy candidate Baker Mayfield last Saturday in Stillwater has Oklahoma arguably the biggest threat to No #4 Clemson in next week’s rankings. A win over No #6 TCU this Saturday would give the Sooners a subjective edge when the selection committee meets next Tuesday. Following the Sooners mega-road win at then-No. 11 Oklahoma State last week any margin of victory over the Horned Frogs on Saturday offers Oklahoma a chance to leapfrog the Tigers regardless of their results this week.
The Top-10 of the CFP rankings sports two undefeated schools in the first and second slots, Georgia and Alabama, respectively. The bottom five of the Top-10 also has two unbeaten teams, No #7 Miami and No #8 Wisconsin.
Here is a look at how the selection committee sees the Top-10 playoff contenders.
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The resumes of both the Hurricanes and the Badgers have prevented the schools from receiving top-ranked love. The 9-0 Badgers have yet to square off against a ranked opponent this year. That changes this weekend when they host the Iowa Hawkeyes. Event with a win against the Iowa City travelers on Saturday the Badgers close with two unranked opponents preventing them any chance of sneaking into the Final Four.
Unlike your father’s National Championship journey that relied in the past on several national polls without concern of strength of schedule that isn’t the case any longer. And the Badgers 2017 slate is evidence of such. The most significant win this for the Badgers this season is against a 5-3 Northwestern team.
The same can be said for Miami whose featured win came last weekend against ranked Virginia Tech. Obviously their playoff hopes rest on holding home field this weekend against the No #3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The two must-see college events this weekend come via Norman when the No #5 Sooners host the No #6 Horned Frogs and the matchup between the No #7 Hurricanes and No #3 Irish in the Gardens.
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