If the College Football Playoffs were to begin right now, Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, and Clemson would for the teams with coveted slots. But there’s plenty of football left to play and when the season is done, the list could look entirely different.
Oklahoma, Ohio State, Penn State, TCU, Wisconsin and Miami are on the outside looking in right now, but that could all inevitably change in the days and weeks ahead.
Take a look at all the action from Notre Dame’s week two game against the Georgia Bulldogs.
Now that November is here, there’s a great slate of games over the next few weeks that will clarify who ultimately gets a chance to compete for this year’s national championship. The fun begins this weekend with Virginia Tech vs Miami, Clemson vs North Carolina State and Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State in the Bedlam rivalry.
The Hokies and Hurricanes need to win the ACC Coastal Division, where a possible matchup and victory over defending national champion Clemson in the conference title game could punch their ticket to the dance.
Clemson vs NC State Preview: The Clemson Tigers and NC State Wolfpack faceoff Saturday afternoon with control of the ACC Atlantic Division on the line. Dabo Swinney and Dave Doeren touch on the key factors in this game that is full of star power.
From here on out, the Sooners and Cowboys are ostensibly in a playoff of sorts for the rest of the year. If they win, they stay alive. But one more loss will dash any hopes that they harbor of getting into the playoffs.
On November 11th, the focus shifts to Notre Dame vs Miami, TCU vs Oklahoma, Oklahoma State vs Iowa State and Georgia vs Auburn.
And things really get cooking with the intense rivalries on November 25th – Alabama vs Auburn and Ohio State vs Michigan.
The full ranking is as follows, but expect this list to look much different when the final rankings are posted.
1. Georgia (8-0, SEC)
2. Alabama (8-0, SEC)
3. Notre Dame (7-1, Independent)
4. Clemson (7-1, ACC)
5. Oklahoma (7-1, Big 12)
6. Ohio State (7-1, Big Ten)
7. Penn State (7-1, Big Ten)
8. TCU (7-1, Big 12)
9. Wisconsin (8-0, Big Ten)
10. Miami (7-0, ACC)
The #13 Hokies will travel to Hard Rock Stadium to face the undefeated #8 Hurricanes to try and snap Miami’s 12-game winning streak. Virginia Tech is well equipped to do so as they have the #2 scoring defense in FBS, along with the nation’s most productive freshman quarterback, Josh Jackson.
11. Oklahoma State (7-1, Big 12)
12. Washington (7-1, Pac-12)
13. Virginia Tech (7-1, ACC)
14. Auburn (6-2, SEC)
15. Iowa State (6-2, Big 12)
16. Mississippi State (6-2, SEC)
17. USC (7-2, Pac-12)
18. Central Florida (7-0, AAC)
19. LSU (6-2, SEC)
20. North Carolina State (6-2, ACC)
Heisman hopeful J.T. Barrett leads the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes to a comeback victory over No.
21. Stanford (6-2, Pac-12)
22. Arizona (6-2, Pac-12)
23. Memphis (7-1, AAC)
24. Michigan State (6-2, Big Ten)
25. Washington State (7-2, Pac-12)
Another list to keep your eyes on is the one of candidates for the head coaching position at the University of Florida now that Jim McElwain got the boot.
The Florida gig is among the most coveted in college football, and the school has to decide if they’re going to bring in an upstart young coach like Memphis’ Mike Norvell or Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, or if they’ll be bringing out the big guns and heavy hitters to land Chip Kelly, who previously built a powerhouse of speed at the University of Oregon.
Other candidates that could land in Gainesville include Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente, Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, USF’s Charlie Strong, UCF’s Scott Frost and Oregon’s Willie Taggart.