The penultimate version of the 2018 College Football Playoff Rankings have been released. The iron grip of this years playoff incumbents has been broken. Notre Dame almost certainly secured their spot in the playoff and will praying for upsets aplenty this weekend. Alabama negotiated a testing Iron Bowl against Auburn and Clemson impressively handled South Carolina to both stay unbeaten and unchallenged as the number 1 and 2 rankings respectively. However Michigan crashed out of the Top 4 with their loss to Ohio State.
Hate Week Impact
With the top three teams staying put; chaos loomed for the team vying for that fourth spot. Georgia’s impressive resume capped off by a handling of rival Georgia Tech that more closely resembled an adult disciplining a small child than a college rivalry game; has the Bulldogs in the number 4 spot. They face Alabama this week in the SEC Championship game. One of the teams has to lose.
This opens the door to numbers five and six, Oklahoma and Ohio State. The historic Oklahoma offense powered them to a classic shootout victory over Will Grier’s West Virginia to book a spot in this weekends BIG12 Championship game. A win over rival Texas avenging the loss earlier in the season, will be a huge lift to the teams playoff hopes. In Columbus, Ohio this past weekend Ohio State continued their impressive run of victories in ‘The Game’ against Michigan furthering the torment of Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. The Buckeyes high powered offense looked modern and dangerous, whilst Michigan looked like a relic from a bygone era. The Buckeyes rise to number 6 leapfrogging the Wolverines who drop to 7.
Elsewhere, UCF is ranked 8 after winning against rivals USF despite losing star quarterback Mackenzie Milton to a horrific knee injury. Even a Conference Championship victory of Memphis this coming weekend probably won’t be enough to see them qualify for the playoff. Washington jumps up to 11 after defeating Washington State in a snowy Apple Cup matchup. The Cougars fall to 13. The Huskies face number 17 Utah on Friday night for the PAC-12 Championship.
One Sentence On – Why Each of the Top 6 Teams Can Win The National Championship.
The tide have been the most consistent team thus far; and they have the best head coach college football has ever seen!
A very talented, complete team who would’ve been a worthy number one any other year. They’ve been Alabama’s Kryptonite in previous seasons.
#3 Notre Dame
Ian Book runs this offense with efficiency and this season has been a coming out party for many names on defence.
Georgia is Alabama’s offensive equal by almost all metrics. Fromm has grown significantly this year, he’s special and has a chance to overthrown Tua as the nations most talked about quarterback.
They are electric on offense, with the premier offensive mind in the college game and electric playmakers, including my the player I would gove my Heisman vote to, if I had one.
#6 Ohio State
They have one of the smartest coaching teams in college football and the team is hitting its peak at just the right time.
This weekend is the last chance for many teams to make an impact ahead of the final rankings being published. The BIG12, SEC, AAC and BIG10 Championship games will have a huge impact on who makes the playoff. Join me for the final Rankings React of the year after Sunday’s final rankings are published.
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