Predicting the College Football Playoff top four as the committee debatesIn the world of college football, the most difficult selection the College Football Playoff committee will make in the decade of the four-team playoff is looming. As the final ranking is set to be unveiled right after noon ET on Sunday, it appears that multiple teams are destined to be angry.
SEC runner-up Georgia may be the first No. 1 seed to fall out of the top four on Selection Day, while Florida State could shockingly become the first undefeated Power 5 champ to be left out of the playoff. So, will the committee choose the four best teams, or those that are simply the most deserving?
According to CFP executive director Bill Hancock, “best” is the word to keep in mind. The committee’s purpose is to rank the best teams in order, rather than focus on those most deserving of a spot.
Entering into the final ranking, here’s one last prediction on how it might all unfold, just as the committee is debating its top four choices. Here is the current coverage and potential outcome for each of the top teams and where the committee could rank them:
Michigan – Last playoff appearance: 2022, Total appearances: 2, Last CFP rank: 2
Washington – Last playoff appearance: 2016, Total appearances: 1, Last CFP rank: 3
Texas – Total appearances: 0, Last CFP rank: 7
Alabama – Total appearances: 7, Last CFP rank: 8
Georgia – Total appearances: 3, Last CFP rank: 1
Florida State – Last playoff appearance: 2014, Total appearances: 1, Last CFP rank: 4
Each team is analyzed in terms of their performance, recent accomplishments, and potential rankings. The anticipation builds before the final reveal, as it is sure to be one of the most debatable moments in the history of college football.
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