We won’t get the first College Football Playoff rankings until Nov. 1. So much can change from now until then, but one team currently looks like it’s doing better than the rest.
CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm said Ohio State would be No. 1 if the CFP rankings would be out this week — not Alabama. Though the Crimson Tide are ranked No. 1 in the AP and Coaches Poll, the Buckeyes aren’t very far behind at No. 2.
Palm tried to think like the CFP selection committee would, taking into account strength of schedule, dominance, etc.
After thinking it through, Palm said Ohio State would be the committee’s pick for No. 1 going by the season results through the first five weeks.
Here’s Palm on Ohio State:
The Buckeyes have laid waste to their first four opponents, including a dominant performance at Oklahoma.
And this is his Top 4, as in the four teams that he thinks the committee would select for the playoffs if the season ended today:
- Ohio State
That’s two ACC teams at Nos. 3-4, probably due to the thrilling 42-36 game this past Saturday in Clemson, when Louisville and the Tigers looked like two of the best teams in the country.
After these four, Palm ranks Michigan fifth, even though, as he points out, the Wolverines haven’t played outside their home stadium yet this season.
Palm went on to rank Wisconsin 10th and Nebraska No. 20. Nebraska’s spot may be surprising, considering the Huskers are ranked No. 12 in the two major polls. But Palm said while Nebraska is playing better in the second season with coach Mike Riley, it hasn’t been tested yet.