Through five weeks of the college football season, nothing is a given.
There could be so many big wins, losses, shake-ups, injuries and other wild changes that the College Football Playoff picture could be totally different than it is right now.
But, if the season ended today, USA TODAY’s Football Four Playoff Projection Panel has Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Michigan as the four playoff teams.
The Crimson Tide were first, with eight No. 1 votes and a total of 45 points. Next was the Buckeyes, who had 41 votes and four No. 1 votes. Both teams have been staples in the playoff picture since the season began.
The Tigers were next, with one first place vote and 27 overall points and the Wolverines, with no first place votes, were fourth with 10 points.
“All Ohio State does is win very impressively,” panelist George Schroder of USA TODAY Sports said in the article. “…Kind of like we kept expecting last season, with the previous crop of super-talented Buckeyes. And Clemson finally lived up to the expectations, outlasting Louisville in a flawed but very impressive display.”
On the edge of the playoffs were Washington with four points, Houston with two points and Louisville with one point.
The panel includes: Former coaches Frank Beamer, Tommy Bowden and Rich Brooks, former athletic directors Mike Alden, Bill Byrne and Jim Livengood, WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross, and USA TODAY Sports college sports writers including Schroeder, Nicole Auerbach, Paul Myerberg, Eddie Timanus, Daniel Uthman and Dan Wolken.