College Football Playoff rankings: Alabama binds No. 1 spot; Miami, Clemson trade places

It looked like a whole tip 12 was going to demeanour matching to final week – until a cabinet gave us a turn to penetrate a teeth into. Before we mangle it down, a demeanour during a newest College Football Playoff rankings:

It was a delayed week by college football’s standards, though we’ll be articulate about Miami and Clemson switching places all week. The Hurricanes rose to No. 2 after flourishing a shock opposite Virginia. The Tigers slipped to No. 3 after floating out The Citadel.

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What does that tell us? Well, Miami and Clemson contingency have been scarcely dead-locked final week. A win over Virginia wouldn’t seem quite poignant as it pertains to a College Football Playoff, though it’s a win opposite a efficient ACC group nonetheless. Clemson, meanwhile, didn’t supplement that additional information indicate to a resume. If a teams were that close, a proof creates sense.

The subsequent question: does it unequivocally matter? It could, depending on how all shakes out. Miami and Clemson are set to accommodate in a ACC championship game. Let’s contend Miami loses in a tighten one. If some of a other contenders tumble in a entrance weeks – like Wisconsin, or Oklahoma, and Alabama wins out with victories over Auburn and Georgia – a Hurricanes could still go to a College Football Playoff. It competence not be afforded a same oppulance if it goes into a ACC pretension diversion as a No. 3 team. Of course, this is an doubtful scenario. But foreigner things have happened, and while this switch might infer to be trivial, there’s a possibility it matters.

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There’s not most other shuffling to mangle down – during least, not shuffling that will impact a 4 teams we’ll see in a CFP. So instead, let’s quickly demeanour forward to some pivotal games this weekend that are firm to, or could shake adult a rankings:

No. 1 Alabama during No. 6 Auburn: Of course, if Alabama wins out, it’s in. The same can be pronounced of Auburn. The question: where does Alabama land if it loses? Auburn has already kick a No. 1 group during home – Georgia – and a Crimson Tide’s resume leaves some to be desired. Its best win is during No. 14 Mississippi State. You were examination a Iron Bowl regardless, though it means some-more this year.

No. 9 Ohio State during Michigan: Ohio State’s still not out of it. If a Buckeyes kick Michigan and take down No. 5 Wisconsin in a Big Ten pretension game, they can strech a festivities with some good fortune.

No. 3 Clemson during South Carolina: The Gamecocks sensitively have 8 wins this year. In Columbia, this won’t be easy for Dabo Swinney’s squad.

No. 8 Notre Dame during No. 21 Stanford: Notre Dame has reduction of a possibility to make a College Football Playoff than teams like Ohio State, Penn State and USC, given it won’t play in a discussion championship game. But a Fighting Irish could see a proxy strike with a win, that could also assistance Miami if a Hurricanes need that bullet indicate to demeanour even better.

The crazy weeks wouldn’t be as fun but a few ease ones. In 7 days, this check could demeanour a whole lot different.

Joe Boozell has been a college basketball author for NCAA.com given 2015. His work has also seemed in Bleacher Report, FOXSports.com and NBA.com. Joe’s explain to celebrity given fasten NCAA.com: he’s likely a scold inhabitant championship diversion twice… and picked a wrong leader both times. Growing up, Joe squared off opposite both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in a Chicagoland basketball scene. You can suppose how that went.

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