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College Football Playoff rankings open thread: Week 1 predictions, rankings, and fallout

Will the Committee outsmart themselves?

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Can’t believe it’s already that time, can you? This season has been so much fun that we’ve already made it to the crucial 10th week. With that milestone, the College Football Playoff Committee has now met for the first time and it’s all over except the shouting: Week One rankings will be out soon.

When and Where: ESPN 7:00 Eastern

Here are our predictions for the top seeds who we think should be in and where to seed them.


1. Bama, 2. Clemson, 3. ND, 4. LSU.

I think the committee will agree because I generally think they do a fine job. Michigan sits at #5, ready to move up after Alabama/LSU sorts itself out.



1. Alabama, 2. Clemson, 3. Notre Dame, 4. LSU — The Committee is going to care way too much about those preseason Miami and Auburn rankings and not enough on how bad those teams really are.

Who it should be? 1. Alabama, 2. Notre Dame, 3. Clemson 4. Michigan, — with LSU at 5. Sorry bruh, stats matter, and so do my eyeballs: You’ve looked really gross against Miss. St., Auburn, and Florida. And UGA is only impressive if you think UGA is impressive and not an overranked but talented team feasting on some #SEC #butt — and they are.) Of the undefeateds, Notre Dame has the best schedule — they should get the benefit of the doubt over a Clemson team feasting on the dregs of the ACC the last few weeks: You can’t fool us — we know you’ve looked shaky as hell against the two good teams you’ve played.


It’s gonna’ be:

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Notre Dame
  4. LSU

It should be:

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Michigan


I think the top three teams really speak for themselves. Alabama is the unquestioned #1. Clemson is undefeated and carrying a run of 4 years in the top 4 to keep their name worthy of the #2 seed. Notre Dame is the only other undefeated, but with a little less recent name brand and/or impressive resume, and therefore #3.

After that is when it gets dicey. I think the CFB guys wind up going with LSU at #4. They carry the SEC contender label and will square off against Alabama this week in a top 4 matchup. They also beat Georgia a couple of weeks ago, therefore having one of the most impressive resume wins in all of CFB.

But I personally would put Michigan at #4. After most of us making fun of the fighting Harbaughs for playing down to their opponents and losing games they shouldn’t, the Wolverines have quietly been quite impressive this year, with their only loss being a one possession contest to the aforementioned Notre Dame.

Alright: One hour until the show begins give us your predicted four, general reactions, etc. below.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: There’s also some MACtion this evening, but only one of the four teams are good. Miami-OH, Kent State, Bowling Green? Yuck. The only reason to tune in is to watch Buffalo’s dynamic passing attack. If you’ve not seen it, it’s a lot of fun and absolutely worth laying 7 12 on (HINT HINT).