This far into the College football season, contenders and pretenders are either proven or exposed. Such has been shown with losses by the likes of Oklahoma, Penn State, Alabama, Georgia, Baylor and Minnesota. Let’s not kick the dirt over them just yet though.
There are cases to be made for at least 3 of the aforementioned 1 time losers, as well as a certain green and yellow squad out on the west coast. It is still a bit early to try and determine the final four. With that being said, let’s focus on the upcoming playoff rankings which are to be released later tonight.
- LSU TIGERS (10-0)- While their defense may not be what it has been in years prior, this is clearly the most dangerous team in college football. Lead by Heisman frontrunner Joe Burrow, this Tigers offense is a thing of beauty. Having quality wins over Alabama, Auburn, and Texas, the Tigers are proving to be un-tamed. Shy of a late season melt down Coach O’s boys are a shoe in for the playoffs.
- Ohio State Buckeyes(10-0)- The Buckeyes are led by a sophmore transfer QB by the name of Justin Fields. He is proving to be everything and more he was prospected to be coming out of high school. While they may not have played (m)any tough teams so far, late season draws against Penn State this weekend upcoming followed by their bitter rival Michigan, they will have the chance to prove beyond doubt they belong. Bringing one of the most dangerous offensive groups in the nation and star DE Chase Young returning from suspension this OSU team IS a force to be reckoned.
- CLEMSON TIGERS(11-0)- After a sluggish start to the season sophmore standout QB Trevor Lawrence has found his rythym. Clemson has one of the best running backs in the nation in Travis Etienne as well as one of the top receiving groups. The reigning National Champs won’t face much competition this year in the ACC so count them in for the final four.
- ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE(9-1) – Even without phenom QB Tua Tagovailoa this is still one of the best teams in the nation. The Tide are so loaded on offense it makes up for his absence. While the defense may be the worst of Nick Saban’s tenure at the Capstone by far, the offense is that good. Najee Harris, Devontae Smith and Jerry Jeudy will make back up QB Mac Jones look like a star.
- OKLAHOMA SOONERS(9-1) – First out are your presumable BIG 12 Champs. While Jalen Hurts has lit up scoreboards this season, his defense has allowed opponents to move and score at will. The loss to K-State and struggle wins against Iowa State and a better than advertised Baylor team must leave the selection committee wanting more. In this case I believe one loss Alabama, to the #1 team in the nation by 5, trumps the Sooners.
- GEORGIA BULLDOGS (9-1) – The reigning and defending SEC East champs have already booked their tickets to Atlanta for the 2019 campaign. Outside of a mystifying loss to South Carolina, the Bulldogs are having quite the year. That loss in overtime, to a backup QB on a vastly lesser talented team, is a stain on a brides white dress. Unexplainable and embarrassing. However they still can get in. They just have to do what Bama couldn’t. Beat LSU.
Two SEC teams getting in is not that far fetched. Had Penn State been able to take care of Minnesota, or Minnesota handle Iowa, the BIG 10 could very well make a case for two teams itself. While the CFP Selection Committee hashes out who that fourth team will be this year, we can all look forward to what is shaping up to be an exciting post-season.