The College Football Playoff is months away. Opening weekend is weeks away. But the preseason AP Poll was released today. You can find it here.
It’s no surprise that Alabama is a nearly unanimous #1 followed by Clemson and Georgia. The surprise comes at #4-5 where Wisconsin stands one spot ahead of Big Ten rival Ohio State. With the Urban Meyer situation still unsettled, AP voters have made their voice heard by dropping the Buckeyes to #5.
Washington, Oklahoma, Miami, Auburn, and Penn State round out the top 10, respectively.
Michigan State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Michigan, USC, TCU, West Virginia, Mississippi State, Florida State, Virginia Tech, UCF, Boise State, Texas, Oregon, and LSU complete the top 25.
Since the Urban Meyer scandal arose a few weeks ago, Ohio State has dropped in just about every ranking system (except mine). ESPN released their CFP Predictor rankings to great skepticism only a week ago. Ohio State debuted in that system as the 3rd most likely team to make the CFP, and now sit at the 6th most likely.
The disparity between the AP Opening Poll and the ESPN CFP predictor is far and wide. AP has Notre Dame at #12, while ESPN says they have a greater chance to make the CFP than every team in the country except Clemson, Alabama, and Georgia. Which brings me to my “Way, Way, Way Too Early College Football Playoff Guarantees”:
- Alabama will not make the CFP this season for the first time since its inception in 2014.
- Ohio State will win the National Championship for the second time under the current format.
- Notre Dame will qualify for its first CFP birth. Wake up the echoes.
- Clemson will walk through the ACC on its way to the CFP for the 4th time.
- The SEC will get snubbed and will not send a representative to the CFP. The South will burn and heads will explode.
There you have it. Don’t call me crazy, I’m not crazy. You’re crazy.
Oh and Paul Finebaum will finally, actually lose his mind.