The playoff committee will release the 2nd round of playoffs rankings tonight at 7pm ET/ 6pm CT and after a wild weekend of games and upsets it should be interesting who makes the top 4 in the rankings.

  1. LSU (9-0): No team has four wins over top 10 teams other than LSU. LSU dominated Alabama in Bryant Denny Stadium and looked superior in almost every aspect of the game. This team is on a collision course with Georgia in the SEC Championship and if LSU wins that game will have five top 10 wins going into the playoffs.   

  1. Ohio State (9-0): Ohio State impressed many people with their 73-14 win over Maryland. This team has very few weaknesses, but the loss of Chase Young due to an NCAA violation has really hurt this team. Hopefully Young figures out a way to come back before the playoffs, because this team needs him. 
  1. Clemson (9-0): Well, the playoff committee pissed off Clemson and people should be put on notice. This team has a chip on its shoulder and is coming for the repeat this season. A blowout win over NC State this weekend (55-10) was nothing short of impressive. The committee has no choice but to place Clemson in the top 3 and there is no reason this team should be out of the top 3. 
  1. Oregon (8-1): Oregon most likely will not be here come tonight, but they should be. This team has been the most impressive 1-loss team in the country. Their only loss being a 5-point loss to Auburn, in which they led the entire game. If Oregon wins out they should be a lock for the CFP and should have a real shot at the championship in January. 
  1. Alabama (8-1): Another 1-loss team with a “good loss” on their resume (46-41 loss to LSU) and still a good chance to make the playoffs. This team is going to have a chance to be in the CFP and may even be #4 come tonight, but they still have a huge game in Jordan Hare on November 30th against Auburn. If Alabama wins over they may find themselves with a great chance to hoist the trophy once again. 
  1. Georgia (8-1): An impressive 27-0 win over a sneaky Missouri team has Georgia going into a matchup against Auburn this weekend with high hopes. This team will most likely have a matchup with LSU in the SEC Championship in December and if UGA pulls that one out could be a top 2 seed in the playoffs. Stellar defensive play has this team feeling dangerous and an experienced QB will keep this team in every game they play. 
  1. Utah (8-1): Another PAC-12 team in the top 10 of the rankings. After having a bye week during this past week this team has a huge matchup against UCLA. A win in this matchup will help move this team closer to a winner take all matchup against Oregon in the PAC-12 championship. Watch out for the Utes in the final few weeks of the season. 
  1. Oklahoma (8-1): In my opinion Oklahoma may already be a longshot for the playoffs. The Sooners have one of the best offenses in the country, but the defense is abysmal. This team escaped a close game (42-41) with Iowa State this weekend and play in one of the biggest matchups of the year against Baylor this week. This team may enter the playoff race again with an impressive win, but the defense has to find its identity before this team is a real threat. 
  1. Minnesota (9-0): One of the biggest statements of Week 11 came from the Golden Gophers when this team upset Penn State. This team was ranked #17 last week and I think they were greatly underrated. This team looks legit and they will have multiple opportunities to prove it against Wisconsin and Iowa to end the season. Please give the Golden Gophers some love CFP committee. 
  1. Penn State (8-1): A loss to Minnesota this weekend has Penn State dropping from #4 and I think #10 is the proper place for this team. Do not count out this team from the playoffs due to a huge game against Ohio State later this season. This team has an elite defense, but the offense is average. I think this team has an extremely bright future, but this year will most likely not be the Nittany Lions’ year. 
  1. Florida (8-2): The first 2-loss team lands right outside the top 10. Florida is not out of the race and neither is some other 2-loss teams behind them. This Florida team needs Georgia to collapse down the stretch to make it to the SEC Championship, but odds are that will not happen. This team will likely land in a NY6 bowl, but if chaos strikes then look out for the Gators. 
  1. Auburn (7-2): Another 2-loss SEC team finds themselves in a position to create some chaos. A matchup with Georgia looms this weekend and another matchup against Alabama will come soon enough. Auburn is a longshot for the playoffs, but if this team wins out the Tigers could find themselves in the CFP as the first 2-loss team in the playoffs. 
  1. Wisconsin (7-2): Wisconsin suffered a huge upset against Illinois and a beatdown at the hands of Ohio State, but they rebounded with a 24-22 win over Iowa this weekend. This team has a deadly rushing attack and a tough defense, but QB play is lacking and that will limit how high this team can go. I think once this team finds an identity with a game-changing QB that the ceiling is the national championship.
  1. Michigan (7-2): Another team with a lot of talent, but a team that never put it all together. If the offense clicks then this team in one of the best in the country, but this may be the most inconsistent team in the country. A huge matchup against Ohio State on November 30th will be the perfect opportunity to make a huge statement on the national stage. I am begging you Jim, please find a QB that can throw at all. 
  1. Notre Dame (7-2): To round out these rankings we have another team that can never put it all together. Ian Book has all the potential in the world, but can never string it all together throughout the season.The run game has disappeared for stretches and the defense has been MIA for multiple games as well. Brian Kelly has this team on the cusp of a championship and next year may be their year. 

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