College Football Playoff rankings prediction: Should Michigan or Alabama be No. 2?

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There is no debate as to which six teams top the final college football playoff rankings of the season. Instead the question is on order, specifically which team comes in behind top-ranked Georgia.

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That spot is handed over by Ohio State, which moved from a team defeating to the Big Ten in the background of a playoff chase.

Beating the Buckeyes for the first time in a decade appears to be a good case for new conference frontrunner Michigan to reach No. But Alabama is also under consideration after winning the Iron Bowl against Auburn.


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Here’s what the top 10 of this week’s playoff rankings should look like:

1. Georgia (12-0)

It is the second year in a row that an absolute slam-dunk has topped No. 1 in the final week of the regular season, after Alabama in 2020. If we’re only counting the non-pandemic years, the last time a team was like this was. Undisputed was in 2016, when Alabama finished the regular season as the only unbeaten team in the Power Five.

2. Michigan (11-1)

Wolverine will jump from No. 5 and replace Ohio State. Michigan’s dominance makes it difficult to see how the selection committee can put Alabama up front and push the Crimson Tide to No. This is especially true as the Tides were bullied for most of the Iron Bowl and were only able to force due overtime. Auburn’s clock mismanagement.

3. Alabama (11-1)

The Iron Bowl was a struggle that doesn’t change the bottom line: Alabama is in the SEC championship game with a win against Georgia and likely out with a loss. A win would close the Heisman Trophy for Bryce Young, who had a defining moment in his late touchdown drive against the Tigers. A convincing Georgia win could open that race up to Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson.

4. Cincinnati (12-0)

With a win against Houston in the U.S. championship game, the Bearcats have almost certainly advanced to the playoffs, dropping out of the top four only weeks ago. How do they get off the ground? Alabama defeated Georgia, Michigan defeated Iowa, and Oklahoma State dismantled Baylor. Fields the first two SEC teams. The Big Ten will take third place. The fourth will go to the Cowboys if the committee thinks they are playing too well to stay out of the semi-finals.

5. Notre Dame (11-1)

Not Dame could have made the playoffs without coach Brian Kelly, Joe leaves for LSU on the eve of the conference championship weekend, Beyond the oddity of a coach voluntarily leaving Notre Dame for another college job, which has never happened before, Kelly’s departure will undoubtedly play a role in whether the selection committee will compare any other team in the mix for a fourth playoff spot. How do I see Irish? , He went on to the point, it would also put a black mark on Kelly’s reputation.

6. Oklahoma State (11-1)

Don’t go looking for cowboys to stay behind Notre Dame for long. This would change with a win against Baylor in the Big 12 Championship Game, as it would not only give the Cowboys more wins than the Irish but would lead to the Power Five taking the conference home. The history of the format tells us how the committee values ​​that achievement when comparing teams with similar records and schedule strengths.

7. Ohio State (10-2)

The most important decision on Ryan Day’s plate is what to do on the defensive coordinator. The Buckeyes’ defense made a slight profit after Kerry Combs was demoted at the start of the regular season, but was still very unpredictable down the stretch. The defeat to Michigan would force Ohio State to refocus on stopping runs after allowing the Wolverines to run for 297 yards and six scores.

8. Boiler (10-2)

Baylor could reach the playoffs by defeating Oklahoma State. All it would have to do is: Iowa beat Michigan and Houston beat Cincinnati. It didn’t matter what happened in the SEC, as the Bears would also sit pretty well for fourth place with Georgia and Alabama in the semifinals.

9. Ole Miss (10-2)

The committee could have flopped Ole Miss and Baylor after the Rebels’ Egg Bowl victory against Mississippi State, especially since the Bears were struggling against Texas Tech. But it might be something to think about: Baylor has been ahead of Ole Miss in every ranking this season.

10. Oregon (10-2)

There should be a healthy debate between the Ducks and the state of Michigan. The Spartans just defeated Penn State, which is probably seen as a stronger victory than the Ducks’ rivalry win against Oregon State. But will the Spartans be bothered to make up for the Buckeyes’ loss after OSU destroyed MSU last Saturday? Oregon beat the Buckeyes in September, if not hammered home the entire season.

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