College Football Playoff Rankings, After Week 3: What Would They Be?
If the regular season was over right now, how would the College Football Playoff committee vote?
2017 College Football Playoff Rankings After Week 3 Would Be …
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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. The committee members argue the merits, but it’s almost all based on resume – and a little bit about the eye test. If the vote was right now, the results would be …
25. Miami (1-0)
Really? A win over Bethune-Cookman would warrant a Top 25 spot? Nah, but the Hurricanes would be given a break.
24. Colorado (3-0)
Texas State and Northern Colorado? Whatever. However, beating Colorado State 17-3 would resonate a bit.
23. South Florida (3-0)
Would anyone care that USF destroyed Illinois? No, but the Illini were unbeaten going into the game.
22. Maryland (3-0)
Does beating Texas matter? The Terps rolled on the road over the team that took USC to double OT.
21. Memphis (3-0)
The committee would hate the defense, but love the win over UCLA, giving the Bruins their first loss.
20. Florida State (0-1)
Really … where do you rank a team that hasn’t won a game yet? This would be a holding pattern ranking.
19. Auburn (2-1)
Hanging around and giving Clemson problems would be enough to give Auburn a little love, but beating Georgia Southern and Mercer hurts the stock.
18. Florida (1-1)
Losing to Michigan would be seen as forgivable, and beating Tennessee would look good thanks to the Vol win over Georgia Tech.
17. Ohio State (2-1)
Does anyone care that the Buckeyes beat Indiana and Army? They’d get this high on the list because of brand name.
16. Vanderbilt (3-0)
The AP and coaches polls don’t like the Commodores, but beating Kansas State would look good on paper.
15. Oregon (3-0)
Does anyone care about beating Nebraska? Nah, but the Ducks look like they’re back to being fantastic.
14. Washington (3-0)
And the big win so far has come against … Rutgers?
13. San Diego State (3-0)
If you’re going to love USC for beating Stanford, then you have to give credit to the Aztecs for getting it done. Throw in the win over Arizona State, and they’re the easy top Group of Five team.
12. Wisconsin (3-0)
Utah State? Florida Atlantic? Nope, but blowing out BYU on the road would be just enough to get the Badgers close to the top ten.
11. Penn State (3-0)
Same thing as Oklahoma State – beating Pitt isn’t good enough to warrant anything higher.
10. Oklahoma State
There’s no big win yet, but the committee would love the offensive dominance.
9. TCU (3-0)
The world didn’t take notice of the blowout win over Arkansas on the road, but the CFP committee would.
8. Virginia Tech (3-0)
The win over West Virginia would enough to propel the Hokies into the discussion.
7. Georgia (3-0)
How much respect would the Bulldogs get for beating Notre Dame on the road? A lot.
6. USC (3-0)
There’s no case to be made based on anything other than hype. Going to double-overtime against Texas was nice, but beating Stanford, at the moment, doesn’t really matter.
5. Mississippi State (3-0)
The win over LSU and the blowout wins so far would make it a good fight: the Bulldogs would probably deserve to be in the four.
4. Michigan (3-0)
Would it be the Wolverines or USC? Penn State’s win over Pitt isn’t good enough to put it in the picture, and USC beating Western Michigan and Texas don’t compare to Michigan blowing out Florida. However, Mississippi State with its win over LSU would make it an argument. The committee would like the win over Air Force, too.
3. Oklahoma (3-0)
A reasonable argument could be made that OU deserves to be No. 2 – or even in the top spot – based on the road win over Ohio State. But the Sooners would fall to third in the first go-round and be off to the Rose Bowl.
2. Alabama (3-0)
It’s splitting hairs, but keep an eye out for this several weeks from now when it all starts up – the big wins won’t be there compared to Clemson. Remember, the Tigers have to play Florida State, too, and the win over Louisville could look stronger and stronger.
1. Clemson (3-0)
The committee might think Alabama is the best team, but Clemson beat Auburn and won at Louisville. Those two wins over teams that’ll be ranked high by the CFP would push the defending champs into the top spot.
College Football Playoff After Week 3 Would Be …
1. Clemson vs. 4. Michigan
2. Alabama vs. 3. Oklahoma
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