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Sport Playoff Rankings Preview: Get Ready to Talk About Ohio State Again

19:05  14 november  2017
19:05  14 november  2017 Source:   si.com

Dabo Swinney downplays ‘irrelevant’ initial playoff rankings

  Dabo Swinney downplays ‘irrelevant’ initial playoff rankings Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney isn’t getting all worked up over the soon-to-be-released College Football Playoff rankings. Like Alabama’s Nick Saban, he appears to already be weary of what’s going to be a month of never-ending analysis based on what the CFP committee releases every Tuesday night. Instead, he’d much rather focus on what’s directly in front of him. Which, in Swinney’s case, is NC State.Dabo says playoff rankings tonight are irrelevant. Doesn't care if Clemson is No. 2, No. 10, whatever. Won't hold a candle to NC State prep.

Ohio State is very much in the conversation. How, you may ask, can the Buckeyes make it back into the top four after their most recent loss was such As bad as that 55–24 meltdown at Kinnick Stadium was, Ohio State ’s first loss of the season at the hands of Oklahoma looks more than reasonable.

Ohio State is very much in the conversation. How, you may ask, can the Buckeyes make it back into the top four after their most recent loss was such As bad as that 55–24 meltdown at Kinnick Stadium was, Ohio State ’s first loss of the season at the hands of Oklahoma looks more than reasonable.

  Playoff Rankings Preview: Get Ready to Talk About Ohio State Again © Jay LaPrete/AP

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No. 1 Georgia endured a beatdown at the hands of No. 10 Auburn. No. 2 Alabama barely escaped with a road win at Mississippi State. No. 3 Notre Dame was obliterated by No. 7 Miami's turnover chain–sporting defense. No. 6 TCU fell to No. 5 Oklahoma. And No. 9 Washington lost to Stanford late on Friday night, effectively eliminating the Pac-12 from the playoff.

All that means the season’s third edition of the playoff rankings will look quite different. Here's our best guess:

1. Alabama, which has felt like No. 1 all year to everyone but the playoff committee.

Dabo Swinney downplays ‘irrelevant’ initial playoff rankings

  Dabo Swinney downplays ‘irrelevant’ initial playoff rankings Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney isn’t getting all worked up over the soon-to-be-released College Football Playoff rankings. Like Alabama’s Nick Saban, he appears to already be weary of what’s going to be a month of never-ending analysis based on what the CFP committee releases every Tuesday night. Instead, he’d much rather focus on what’s directly in front of him. Which, in Swinney’s case, is NC State.Dabo says playoff rankings tonight are irrelevant. Doesn't care if Clemson is No. 2, No. 10, whatever. Won't hold a candle to NC State prep.

But again , we get a window into the collective thinking of the committee. Several teams in the rankings now have a But if Ohio State ranked No. 2 last week after nipping Michigan State , the Buckeyes certainly weren’t dropping In all this talk about Playoff résumés, it’s past time we consider Colorado.

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2. Miami, still undefeated and fresh off a dismantling of Notre Dame emphatic enough to delay the Oklahoma vs. Miami debate for now.

3. Oklahoma, which slides in front of Clemson on the strength of its quality wins.

4. Clemson, still chilling in the playoff field but hanging on by a thread.

5. Wisconsin, which is in line to make a natural jump after what happened in front of it but is still being kept out of the top four by that meh schedule.

6. Auburn, here despite its two losses because it beat No. 1 and made it look easy.

7. Georgia, the nation’s second-best one-loss team that falls farther because its loss came to a team Clemson beat.

8. Notre Dame, which lays claim to the highest-quality losses of the remaining two-loss bunch.

9. TCU, which can’t be pleased its Iowa State loss is not holding up better.

Baker Mayfield thinks Oklahoma should be ranked ahead of Ohio State

  Baker Mayfield thinks Oklahoma should be ranked ahead of Ohio State The Sooners' lone loss was a 38-31 defeat against Iowa State, who beat then-No. 4 TCU on Saturday to move up to No. 14 in the AP poll. College football's playoff selection committee will release its first rankings Tuesday, and Mayfield will be an interested spectator."It's just interesting to see how people view us, not necessarily that I'm looking for an approval," Mayfield said. "The final rankings are what matters, and so that will be down the road. We've just got to put our heads down and go to work. If we take care of business the rest of the season, we should be in the top four, no doubt in my mind.

Final Whistle: Get ready for outrage at College Football Playoff committee's first ranking . Or from the other side: What are you talking about ? Since that loss, the Buckeyes have played better We saw Ohio State get in after losing to Penn State last year, and the Buckeyes didn’t win their division!

First off , the No. 1 team gets to play in the national semifinal closer to home, which means any East Coast No. 2 team has to haul itself to Pasadena With the SEC champ and ACC champ in, let's say Oklahoma wins the Big 12 to stay in the top four and Ohio State doesn’t just win the Big Ten title but

10. Ohio State, despite an infinitely baffling loss to Iowa.

Now let’s dive into what those rankings, or an outcome close to them, would mean.

Ohio State is very much in the conversation

How, you may ask, can the Buckeyes make it back into the top four after their most recent loss was such an embarrassment? The answer: Scheduling.

As bad as that 55–24 meltdown at Kinnick Stadium was, Ohio State’s first loss of the season at the hands of Oklahoma looks more than reasonable. Then you add in quality wins over Penn State and Michigan State and another potential quality win in the regular season finale against Michigan, and the Buckeyes could find themselves with the No. 4 seed when the season ends if they get past a 12–0 Wisconsin team in a Big Ten title game. (Advanced stats give the Badgers a greater than 50% probability of finishing the regular season undefeated.) Meanwhile, a minimum of three other teams above them in this hypothetical top 10 are guaranteed to lose at least one more time before Selection Sunday.

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With Ohio State losing to Michigan State , what will the College Football Playoff rankings look like? While everything about the moment was electric for the Spartans, things are going to get worse for the Buckeyes.

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Things are lining up well for Auburn

We had previously presented the absurd scenario of Auburn winning out to improbably reach the playoff as more of a fun thought experiment than anything else. Then the Tigers ran Georgia out of Jordan-Hare Stadium with a 40–17 whooping. Beating the Bulldogs was only Step One of an improbable path to the playoff. Auburn won so convincingly, however, that a similar win over Georgia in the SEC title game after taking down an injury-riddled Alabama in the Iron Bowl doesn't sound all that crazy anymore.

Notre Dame is done

The Irish making the playoff would have meant at least two Power 5 conferences would have been left out. That scenario is now gone. There will be a bunch of two-loss teams at the end of the season, and there’s no way the committee would choose a 10–2 Notre Dame over an 11–2 Power 5 conference champion.

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