We’re nearing the end of this chaotic college football season as the college selection committee just released their first ranking. Which teams would make the playoffs in this provisional ranking? And which teams would fall short?
- Alabama – After a disappointing season in 2019, the Crimson Tide is back at top in the current rankings. With offensive talent like Mac Jones, Najee Harris, Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith, this Alabama has shown to be an unstoppable force, scoring an average of almost 50 points a game.
2. Notre Dame- The Fighting Irish are this year’s suprise. The corona epidemic forced Notre Dame to join the ACC rather than keeping their independent status they are known for. Notre Dame has been very impressive this season, winning all their games so far. This includes an overtime win over Clemson, who were without star quaterback Trevor Lawrence. If the fighting Irish manages to beat them again in the Conference Championship game, a repeat of the 2013 National Championship game (Alabama vs Notre Dame) is not unthinkable.
3. Clemson – One of the major favorites to win the national championship at the start of the season, the Clemson tigers, come in number 3 in the first selection committee rankings. Clemson are currently 7-1 after a slip-up against Notre Dame in overtime. Clemson, however, had to play without star quarterback, and the likely number 1 pick in the upcoming draft, Trevor Lawrence. The Clemson tigers will have a chance to redeem theirselves and secure a spot in the play-offs when they play the ACC Championship game against Notre Dame.
4. Ohio State – The Buckeyes season has been relatively short as their first game of the season was exactly one month ago. Ohio State started off the season well with easy wins over Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. Quarterback Justin Fields threw 11 TD’s in these three games and zero interceptions. He also had a completion percentage of 95.2(!), 82.4 and 85.7 percent in those repective games. In Ohio State’s first real challenge of the season against Indiana, the Buckeyes and Justin Fields struggled to keep the lead. He threw 3 interceptions in the game, which almost resulted in an Indiana comeback win.
The full top 25:
2. Notre Dame
4. Ohio State
5. Texas A&M
10. Miami (FL)
13. Iowa State
19. North Carolina
20. Coastal Carolina
23. Oklahoma State