College football playoff rankings won’t be that surprising at the top. The first installment of the 2016 college football playoff rankings come out on Tuesday (Nov. 1) and the top four schools have been predicted already by the experts. The entire landscape almost shifted, as the Washington Huskies and Clemson Tigers were losing late in Week 9 games. The Huskies survived against Utah, and Clemson escaped an upset being mounted by Florida State. The playoff picture could have really been muddled if only two schools emerged undefeated from the weekend.
Though there is going to be a lot of debate about the schools contending to be part of the top 10 entering Week 10 of the season, the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll are about to punish the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Baylor Bears for posting losses. Both schools had a chance to crack the Week 1 college football playoff rankings, but instead got upset by Wisconsin and Texas. For the Big 12, this loss will hurt a lot, as Baylor needed to remain undefeated for a realistic shot at crashing the party.
The latest college football rankings had the same teams in the top four spots as what will be reflected in Week 10. The Alabama Crimson Tide, Michigan Wolverines, Clemson Tigers, and Washington Huskies have now created separation from the rest of the country, making the path to the College Football Playoff very straightforward. If the four schools win the rest of their games this season, the only thing left to debate about will be how they get seeded in the two-round tournament.