College Football Playoff Rankings

College Football Playoff Rankings

Charlie Abt

College football has a major problem right now. #1 Alabama and #3 Ohio State have already had their games postponed this weekend due to COVID-19 issues at LSU and Maryland. Alabama and Ohio State likely won’t be affected in their pursuit of a national championship this season due to this week’s postponement, but COVID-19 is starting to rear its ugly head throughout this country once again. There remains a good chance that COVID-19 will force the cancelation of the season’s College Football Playoff; regardless, the first playoff rankings will be released 12 days from now, and here are my early rankings.

1.As of right now, Alabama is the number one team in the nation, and they are led by Heisman front runner Mac Jones along with running back Najee Harris and wide receiver Devonta Smith. They have one major injury that could have a major impact on their chase for a national title, as wide receiver Jaylen Waddle suffered a fractured ankle and will be out for the remainder of the season. Of course, they are led by arguably the greatest football coach of all-time, NFL or College, Nick Saban.

2. Ohio State has been absolutely dominant this year, and they are led by one of the best quarterbacks in the country and future top-five pick, Justin Fields. Fields is a Heisman contender but will likely be hurt because he will play fewer games than other contenders. They are easily the best team in the Big Ten, and assuming they win out, especially with Penn State and Michigan not looking like their usual selves, they will make the playoff.

3. Notre Dame is coming off a big win over previously number one, Clemson. Notre Dame played a great and will certainly have a chance to keep this spot even if they lose to Clemson in the ACC Championship game this year. A win over a number one team is a win over a number one team regardless of who they were missing. With that win, they significantly increased their chance of making the playoff.

4. Clemson is the highest-ranked one-loss team in the country, and there is a really simple reason why; they lost a game vs. another top-five team, and they were missing the best player in the country, who also happens to be the future number one overall pick, Trevor Lawrence. They played the entire game without him, do to him contracting COVID-19 about ten days prior, and they were still able to force OT. If they win out, they will almost certainly once again be in the playoff. Their toughest test will likely be a rematch vs. Notre Dame in the ACC championship game, and that will be a must-win game due to their loss to them this past week.