The official College Football Playoff rankings don’t come out for four weeks, giving things time to play out before releasing the real thing.
But Georgia just beat Clemson in the season-opener, so if you think we’re going to sit back and just wait it out without making projections of our own you would be incorrect.
Aside from the Week 1 showdown between the Tigers and the Bulldogs, it was not the most exciting of opening weeks.
- Alabama looked like, well, Alabama, in a 44-13 blowout over Miami.
- Ohio State and Oklahoma actually both struggled in wins over unranked teams.
- Texas A&M was dominant against Kent State.
- Iowa State only beat unranked Northern Iowa by six.
- Penn State took down Wisconsin in a top-25 battle.
- 10th ranked UNC fell to Virginia Tech.
So, if the rankings were released after Week 1’s action, what would all of the above mean for the College Football Playoff standings?
Here we give a look at how we would rank the top-10 teams in the College Football Playoff rankings after the first week of action:
(And yes, I know Notre Dame has not yet played against Florida State. We’ll update accordingly if needed).
1. Alabama (1-0)
Alabama beat Miami 44-13.
2. Georgia (1-0)
Georgia’s defense looked great in a 10-3 win over Clemson.
3. Ohio State (1-0)
The Buckeyes actually struggled against Minnesota, but came away with a 45-31 win.
4. Texas A&M (1-0)
The Aggies looked dominant in a 41-10 win over Kent State. Because they handled business easily and Oklahoma did not, A&M jumps into the No. 4 spot.
5. Oklahoma (1-0)
Part of me actually wants to put Clemson here and Oklahoma at No. 6. The Sooners only beat Tulane by five points, but at the end of the day they won and Clemson did not.
6. Clemson (0-1)
Clemson likely won’t lose another game this season and its test against Georgia will certainly be the biggest one the Tigers will face the rest of the year.
Offensively, they struggled…but it was against the nation’s best defense. Defensively, they looked elite.
7. Cincinatti (1-0)
The Bearcats looked good against Miami (Ohio) in a 49-14 win. They’re not a CFP team, but they still looked good.
8. Notre Dame (if it beats FSU)
If the Fighting Irish beat FSU on Sunday night, they should check in around 7/8/9.
9. Penn State (1-0)
The Nittany Lions beat a ranked Wisconsin team. If resume speaks, Penn State deserves a top-10 spot.
10. Florida (1-0)
I would not expect this to last long. To be honest, Florida’s only here because would-be teams above it either lost or did not look impressive.