College Football Playoff Rankings Prediction Top 15 Projection
15. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns 7-1
Louisiana 31, Iowa State 14, in Ames. Combine that with a win over Georgia Southern – who’ll have a good record – with with the only loss to unbeaten Coastal Carolina by three, and the Ragin’ Cajuns should start out just outside of the top 15.
Up Next: Central Arkansas
14. BYU Cougars 9-0
The two toughest guesses in this – Liberty, and BYU. Remember, the committee might like the eye test, but it’s almost ALL about the schedule and resumés. For example, Minnesota was 8-0 to start last season, and it was stuck at 17th in the first College Football Playoff rankings. Baylor was 8-0 and was 12th. The Boise State win will carry some weight for BYU, but not enough.
Up Next: North Alabama
13. Northwestern Wildcats 4-0
If the Wildcats beat Wisconsin, they’re probably in the top seven, and surely the top ten. The call is that they’ll lose to the Badgers but won’t be punished too much for it. There won’t be a great win on the schedule, but beating Iowa and Maryland would look okay.
Up Next: Wisconsin
12. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 7-0
This might be the most argued team in the room. If the Chanticleers beat Appalachian State on Saturday, combined with the win at Louisiana, along with a win over a Georgia Southern team with a good record, along with a win over an Arkansas State team that beat Kansas State on the road, along with a win over Kansas on the road …
Up Next: Appalachian State
11. Georgia Bulldogs 4-2
The committee won’t know quite what to do with Georgia. The losses to Alabama and Florida were ugly, but there’s a win over Auburn, relative blowouts in all four victories, and the overall talent level and preconceived notions will be enough to make this one of the most respected two-loss teams.
Up Next: Mississippi State
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