The college football rankings have taken a left at the light and into an unfamiliar neighborhood. With the release of the first College Football Playoff Top 25 the ACC teams found therein may throw you for a loop.
The top 4 teams will experience a shakeup after this weekend as #1 Alabama meets #4 LSU. One winner, one loser and the Tigers with a loss under their belts already won’t stay in this elite group if they fall. Will Alabama stay in the top 4 if they lose to LSU? Interesting question. We’ll have to wait a week to see.
What would happen if #4 Notre Dame were to lose to a tough Northwestern? That might spell the end of the ride for the Irish. Could it happen? The answer is yes and a closer look at the Wildcats’ schedule provides clues as to why.
Two teams that would stand to benefit from LSU and Notre Dame losing are Michigan and Georgia. The Wolverines are waiting in the wings but must get by Penn State and Ohio State to make it stick should the opportunity arise.
As for the Bulldogs, they have one loss on their record and it’s to LSU. The Tigers crushed them early in the season but they’ve moved forward with some heavy handed wins of their own. They’ll still need to get past Kentucky and a wily Auburn to get another shot at the top 4. Getting past Alabama in an SEC championship would go a long way to locking in a playoff berth.
College Football Rankings
|RANK (CFP TOP 25)||TEAM||RANK (AP TOP 25)||TEAM||RANK (USA TODAY COACHES POLL)||TEAM|
|#4||NOTRE DAME||#3||NOTRE DAME||#3||NOTRE DAME|
|#22||BOSTON COLLEGE||#24||BOSTON COLLEGE||#25||BOSTON COLLEGE|
|#25||VIRGINIA||RV #41||NC STATE||RV #31||NC STATE|
|RV #46||VIRGINIA TECH|
College Football Rankings – ESPN FPI
Let’s take a look at the top tier FPI teams –
- Alabama 30.4
- Clemson 29.5
- Georgia 25.5
- Oklahoma 23.0
- Michigan 22.8
Notre Dame at 17.5 comes in at #8 and LSU at 17.0 is ranked #10.
If you are comparing week to week numbers it shouldn’t go unnoticed that teams behind Alabama are closing the gap with the Crimson Tide.
College Football – The Bowls
Nine bowls are projected for ACC Nation teams and that includes Notre Dame as they face off with Clemson. Let’s take a look at the list from Bleacher Report.
- Gasparilla Bowl – Georgia Tech/Memphis
- Military Bowl – Virginia Tech/Cincinnati
- Quick Lane Bowl – Duke/Maryland
- Pinstripe Bowl – Syracuse/Purdue
- Belk Bowl – NC State/Army
- Sun Bowl – Boston College/Stanford
- Gator Bowl – Miami/Auburn
- Camping World Bowl – Virginia/Iowa State
- Orange Bowl – Clemson/Notre Dame
- National Championship – Clemson/Alabama
Where to next? Back into the trenches for four more weeks of regular season football.