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College Football Playoff Rankings: What Would They Be After Week 3?


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


After a fun and wacky Week 3, if the College Football Playoff committee had to do their rankings right now, or if the season ended today, what would the CFP top 25 be and who’d be in the top four?

We know how the playoff committee works. Strength of schedule and big, impressive wins are a big deal, and getting them on the road would be even better. So with all that in mind, the College Football Playoff rankings as if right now would be …

2016 College Football Playoff After Week 3 Would Be …

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

1. Louisville vs. 4. Houston

Fiesta Bowl

2. Alabama vs. 3. Ohio State

2016 College Football Playoff Rankings After Week 3 Would Be …

1. Louisville

No one has been more impressive so far. The CFP committee would gush over the blowout win over a Florida State team that seemed like it was on its way to a special season. The Cardinals haven’t had any drama yet – they’ve been that good.

2. Alabama

The committee would give the respect to the blowout win over USC and the road performance over Ole Miss. The Louisville win over Florida State would earn the Cardinals the top spot, but Alabama would get either the second or third slot.

3. Ohio State

The Buckeyes could be No. 2, but they’d be no worse than third. Houston effectively beat Oklahoma at home – even though it was on a neutral site. Ohio State crushed and killed the Sooners on the road.

4. Houston

This might not be the sure thing you’d assume it is. The Cougars have been great, but the Oklahoma win isn’t going to be all that impressive if the Sooners start stumbling. For now, though, the CFP committee would give credit for two good wins away from home.

5. Stanford

6. Michigan

7. Michigan State

8. Texas A&M

9. Wisconsin

10. Arkansas

11. Clemson

12. Washington

13. Tennessee

14. Nebraska

15. Georgia

16. Florida

17. LSU

18. Arizona State

19. Florida State

20. Baylor

21. Miami

22. West Virginia

23. Boise State

24. Georgia Tech

25. Arizona State