If the season ended right now, after Week 5, what would the College Football Playoff rankings be?
A month away from when the real College Football Playoff rankings come out, at least the first version, what would they be if they came out after Week 5? What would the playoff look like?
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 5 Would Be …
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
1. Alabama vs. 4. Michigan
2. Clemson vs. 3. Ohio State
2016 College Football Playoff Rankings After Week 5 Would Be …
The eye test would matter, but also the wins over USC and Ole Miss – especially with both of them away from Tuscaloosa – would be a big deal. There would be a major argument, but at the end of the day, the Crimson Tide would just barely win out for that top spot.
The committee would love the win over Louisville – obviously – while the statistics would go gaga over the wins over Auburn and Troy. Don’t laugh, the Trojans have been great. The CFP loved the Tigers last year and might slip them into the top spot.
3. Ohio State
No one’s been better. The Oklahoma win on the road might be just enough to carry the Buckeyes up to No. 2, but not quite yet. If they rock Wisconsin in Madison, they’ll be No. 1 in the faux CFP rankings considering everything is working perfectly so far.
Beating Wisconsin would matter – and might be enough to earn the Wolverine a spot higher than this – and the Colorado and UCF wins are starting to look a whole lot stronger. The stat system would push Michigan near the top, but just being in the top four would work just fine for now.