Entering Tuesday, the Hokies (7-1, 3-1 ACC) control their own destiny when it comes to the Coastal and, dubbed No. 13 in the rankings by the committee, could vie for one of the playoff spots (if a few dominoes fall in their favor along the way).
Undated-In the first College Football Playoff poll, the Georgia Bulldogs are ranked #1 with Alabama 2nd, Notre Dame 3rd and Clemson sitting 4th. "It was the two wins against top-25 CFP teams and, of course, the win over No. 3 Notre Dame that gave Georgia the slight edge this week". STATE: Let's talk about that six-game win streak for the Wolfpack in between losses to SC and Notre Dame - those wins didn't do much for them. Even Notre Dame's "easy games" over the next four weeks are against teams that now have winning records. It's worth noting that ESPN analyst Booger McFarland said if both teams got to the championship game with unbeaten records, the only way both teams make the playoffs is if Alabama wins. But there is no rule to prevent it, and on a recent visit to Atlanta the playoff's executive director, Bill Hancock, said the selection committee doesn't consider conference affiliation in ranking teams. That loss could prove to be the difference in Penn State reaching the College Football Playoff this season, considering their remaining schedule is not overwhelmingly impressive..
The Sooners are ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 while the Cowboys are No. 11.
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The rest of the top 10 was TCU at eight, followed by unbeatens Wisconsin and Miami.
Following their week two home loss to the Georgia Bulldogs, many people had already written off the Fighting Irish for this season. LSU 20. NC State 21. The AP and USA Today polls both have Ohio State ranked ahead of Oklahoma. They weren't ranked by the committee at any point in 2015 or 2016.
Alabama will play at least three of the four other SEC teams in the initial CFP rankings over the final four weeks of the regular season, including Saturday's matchup with LSU, with a possible date with No. 1 Georgia in the SEC Championship game in early December. Seven teams started outside that top four and two of those were outside the top 10. Time will tell just how serious of a contender that the Miami Hurricanes are this season. "Glad to see head-to-head matchups carrying weight", he said, referring to Oklahoma's 31-16 victory against Ohio State.