The discussion has been going on all season, but with the release of the first College Football Playoff Rankings, we can see who has the inside track on the postseason and who’s leading the way in the bowl projections for 2017. Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, and Washington fans can breathe easy for now, but we have a long way to go to see who is in the final four.
Dynamic and versatile teams lead playoff rankings
Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, and Washington have been impressive and deserving of their praise in college football playoff predictions. The Crimson Tide are built to win any kind of game, whether you’re talking about a shootout or defensive struggle. Thanks to quarterback DeShaun Watson, the Tigers have proven last year’s runner-up finish in the college football playoff was the start of bigger things.
Under Jim Harbaugh, the Wolverines have become one of the country’s more versatile teams for best college football picks. Michigan has one of the country’s best scoring offenses and defenses. The Huskies have been dominant but may have the most to worry about with the loss of their sack leader Joe Mathis.
Plenty of contenders still out there
If anyone in the top-four slips up, there are plenty of teams eager to slide into the playoff conversation. If Ohio State can knock off Michigan the final Saturday in November, the Buckeyes could punch their ticket to the playoffs. Thanks to top Heisman Trophy candidate and starting quarterback Lamar Jackson, Louisville has surged to the top of the ACC.
According to college football betting trends, Washington has emerged as the top team in the Pac 12 conference. The Huskies have an emerging star in quarterback Jake Browning and a versatile running back in Myles Gaskin.
The College Football Playoff offers the kind of thrills fans of the sport spent years hoping would happen. As we wind down the season, will we see a top-ranked team like Alabama (2015) rise again? Or can someone unexpected like Ohio State (2014) take home the title?
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