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College Football Playoff Rankings, Week 2: What Would They Be?


If the season ended right now, what would the College Football Playoff rankings be?


Week 2 Bowl Projections
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If the season ended at this very moment and the College Football Playoff committee had to make their call, who’d be in the tournament? Who’d be left out, and what would the CFP top 25 be?

Based only on what has happened so far and what the committee would have to work with – who has the big wins? – here’s what the rankings would look like.

Remember, beating great teams matters – it’s based on schedule and big wins so far. If the world ended right now, it would have to be …

2016 College Football Playoff After Week 2 Would Be …

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

1. Alabama vs. 4. Wisconsin

Fiesta Bowl

2. Florida State vs. 3. Houston

2016 College Football Playoff Rankings After Week 2 Would Be …

1. Alabama

The win over USC and the utter dominance against a dangerous Western Kentucky would put the Crimson Tide No. 1. The CFP can go by looks and appearances, too. There’s no real other choice.

2. Florida State

The win over Ole Miss would be just enough to go along with the perception that the Seminoles are just that good. A win over Louisville on the road could make FSU No. 1.

3. Houston

The CFP committee doesn’t care or use any other rankings, but the way Houston beat No. 3 Oklahoma – at least according to those other polls – makes it the most impressive victory of the season so far by anyone.

4. Wisconsin

Again, preseason rankings don’t matter to the CFP, but LSU was the preseason No. 6 team in the Coaches Poll and No. 5 in the AP. The Badgers, technically, have the second-best win by anyone so far this year. Destroying Akron wouldn’t hurt.

5. Texas

6. Ohio State

7. Clemson

8. Michigan

9. Louisville

10. Stanford

11. Iowa

12. Tennessee

13. Texas A&M

14. Washington

15. Michigan State

16. Georgia

17. Arkansas

18. Notre Dame

19. Oregon

20. Florida

21. Oklahoma

22. Baylor

23. LSU

24. Miami

25. Nebraska