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Heisman Watch and will Notre Dame crack first playoff rankings?

Heisman Watch and will Notre Dame crack first playoff rankings?”

The poll that truly matters, the College Football Playoff rankings will be released for the first time this Tuesday.

Seven ranked teams went down in Week 9, including two undefeated squads in the top four. "Our charge is to pick the best four teams, period".

3 spot with an 8-1 record, pushing them ahead of Wisconsin at No. 4. Again, I think Alabama is too good.

That lists almost grew to three teams, as No.8 Miami survived yet another close contest against 1-8 North Carolina. Arizona, on the other hand, knocked off formerly ranked Washington State, and Mississippi State topped Texas A&M to enter the rankings. So the Bulldogs stack up well on paper.

For the second consecutive season I'll be providing my own personal Top 25 poll each week during the college football season. Now, it seems that those college football analysts may have been right, as the Associated Press writers and coaches now agree that Georgia is the second-best team in the country. Only Iowa State has one more than one loss overall but there will be plenty of opportunities for cannibalization this month among the contenders, beginning with Saturday's Bedlam meeting in Stillwater between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Still, it won't be easy with games at Miami and Stanford to close out the season. Adding to their resume, they defeated now #5 Notre Dame on the road back in September, proving they are the real deal.

This is where the controversy starts.

After reaching the national title game in each of the last two seasons, Alabama has run through the SEC with five conference wins by an average of 42 points. At the very least, No. 10 TCU lost its margin for error with the loss. Auburn, at Louisville and at Virginia Tech but an ugly loss at Syracuse. If they adhere to the selection guidelines, it's the third-best non-NY6 Pac-12 team against the sixth-best non-NY6 Big Ten team. Branson, meanwhile, picks Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Notre Dame. There are just five undefeated teams remaining, and a good chance that that number will continue to shrink as the season rolls on. Instead, this week let's focus on what we are likely to see following Tuesday's first edition of the college football playoff.

Over in the Week 10 Coaches Poll, the rest of the top 10 teams are Clemson, Miami, Penn State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State (in that order). The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions played this past week; Ohio State came back to win, which all but eliminates Penn State in the Big Ten title conversation.



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