If the College Football Playoff rankings were out today, here’s what CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm thinks would happen:
- No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Texas A&M
- No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
That’s different from a week ago, when Palm thought Ohio State would be the committee’s top-ranked team. Palm puts together his CFP rankings by thinking how the committee would rank the teams based on results so far this season.
For the second week in a row, Michigan is barely on the outside looking in at No. 5. The Wolverines are ranked No. 4 in the AP and Coaches Poll. But Texas A&M’s win against previously unbeaten Tennessee seems enough to push the Aggies into Palm’s projected Top 4.
Of all the teams, however, no team has a larger discrepancy than Nebraska. Though the Huskers are ranked No. 9 in the Coaches Poll and No. 10 in the AP Poll, Palm thinks Nebraska would be ranked…all the way down at No. 25.
It’s clear that Palm doesn’t hold anything against the Huskers’ ability — he just thinks Nebraska hasn’t proven anything yet due to its schedule. That’s because the Oregon win, which was supposed to be the Huskers’ marquee victory early this season, means almost nothing now that the Ducks are 2-4 and just gave up 70 points to Washington.
Mike Riley has the Cornhuskers playing better in his second year, but they haven’t really been tested yet. This week begins a stretch of three out of four games on the road.
The first official CFP rankings won’t be out until Nov. 1. Much will change from now until then.
Here’s Palm’s Top 10:
2. Ohio State
4. Texas A&M
10. Virginia Tech