College Football Rankings

Charlie Abt

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On Tuesday, November 12, the second College Football Playoff of the 2019 season released. They have LSU at number 1, Ohio State was number 2, Clemson was number 3, and Georgia was number 4. The top four teams in the final College Football Playoff ranking will compete for a National Title, with two of the teams playing in the Fiesta Bowl, with the other two playings in the Peach Bowl, and here are my predictions of what the final poll will look like.

  1. The LSU Tigers come in at number one in my predictions of what the final College Football Playoff rankings will look like. The Tigers are led by Heisman contending quarterback Joe Borrow, who was greatly improved over the last year, leading the Tigers to wins over number 11 Florida, and number 13 Auburn, and a win at number 5 Alabama and number 22 Texas. LSU has a dynamic offense that scores 46.7 points per game. Their defense is led by potential top ten pick in safety Grant Delpit.

 

           2. The Ohio State Buckeyes come in at number two. The Buckeyes were ranked number one last week, but LSU’s win over Alabama vaulted them over and into the number one spot. If Ohio State wins out, they will finish in the top two. Ohio State is led by quarterback Justin Fields on offense and led by projected top-five pick in defensive end Chase Young. Young, who is currently suspending, will return after missing two games and try to lead the Buckeyes to a National Championship.

             3. The defending National Champion Clemson Tigers are currently ranked number three. Clemson controls their own destiny, as Ohio State will play number nine Penn State,  and LSU already beat Alabama. If the Tigers win out they will get in the playoff and look to defend their title. Trevor Lawrence has not played as well as he did last year, though he has still been good enough to lead Clemson to an 8-0 record thus far.

 

               4.  The Alabama Crimson Tide comes in at number 4. Alabama has been the best program in college football for over a decade, as they are led by one of the greatest coaches of all time in Nick Saban. Junior quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa led them to a comeback in the national title game as a freshman after taking over for Jalen Hurts, and he led them to a runner up finish last year. Alabama is currently ranked at number 5, and they will need some help to get in, as any loss by one of the teams in front of them should allow them to reenter the top four in the final rankings. Alabama would be in danger of missing the playoff with a loss or a poor performance versus any unranked team.