How the final College Football Playoff rankings will look
The final Saturday of the BCS era often brought chaos, but conference championship weekend prior to the College Football Playoff provided very little intrigue heading into Sunday’s final rankings reveal.
The nation’s top four teams according to the selection committee — Alabama, Oregon, TCU and Florida State — all captured league titles and should hold their spots in the final four despite heavy pressure from one-loss Big Ten champ Ohio State and one-loss Baylor.
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The 12-member selection committee’s final pairings are released on Dec. 7 with supposed transparency and no personal bias. The most likely points of emphasis for the next five weeks are as follows :
- Conference championships won
- Strength of schedule
- Head-to-head competition
- Comparing results against common opponents
- Relative factors that may have altered a team’s performance (injuries)
Making an educated guess based on those factors stated by the CFP committee, here’s how we expect the final rankings to look Sunday afternoon. The top four move on to national semifinal games on Jan. 1 while others fall into the New Year’s Six pool.
- Florida State
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
- Mississippi State
- Ole Miss