College Football Playoff

Top 4 College Football Playoff Threats: Week 9

Jaclyn Harris

By Jaclyn Harris

October 27, 2014

The 2014 college football season is moving right along! Week 9 is in the history books, Top 25 standings are being updated daily (you can view mine here) and the College Football Playoff Selection Committee will be releasing their first set of rankings tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET!

The next few weeks of football are going to fly by as College Football Playoff contenders begin to separate themselves from the pack and the Selection Committee begins to update us all weekly with where teams stand in their eyes.

This week, I'm going to breakdown the teams I believe are potential College Football Playoff threats. Based on the past nine weeks of results, these are the teams I believe are truly in the running. So, take a look at my picks and share your opinions in the comments below!

But first, the scores from Week 9:

Week 9 Scores

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How did your team do this week? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Top 4 College Football Playoff Threats

Based on the performances in Week 9 and in the prior weeks, these are the teams that I see clinching a spot in the first-ever College Football Playoff! And with four spots, it only seemed right to list only four teams. Take a look:

1. Mississippi State

Think what you want about Mississippi State, but these boys came gunning for a shot at the title this year. The team is currently undefeated in the SEC and their recent win against Kentucky has made me wonder whether anyone can change that. In my eyes, the Wildcats were the ones to give the Bulldogs a run for their money, and Mississippi State wasn't phased.

This team is filled with raw talent and they know how to move the ball as a unit. If they can keep up this pace, they'll be on the fast track to the 2015 College Football Playoff.

2. Oregon

Oregon has been in everyone's eyes since the beginning. The Ducks play good football and they can compete with the best of them. Although the team has some definite weaknesses that could ruin them if exploited, none of their opponents have been able to!

The Ducks have a hard schedule and their Utah road game is coming up. This will be a huge telling point for Oregon, but as of now, I think they're College Football Playoff potential.

3. Florida State

Never overlook the returning champions! FSU might have had a shaky few weeks player-wise, but they somehow always pull it together for the win. Regardless of their strength of schedule, FSU is undefeated in the ACC and that says something.

Their next few opponents are sure to up the ante (Louisville, Virginia, Miami), but if FSU can keep breezing by, I think the "returning" champs could become "reigning" champs. Time will tell!

4. TCU

After their recent performance against Baylor, I can feel some heads shaking on this one. But realistically, it was just the last 11 minutes. The Horned Frogs will likely be the top Big 12 team ranked and since the Big 12 doesn't have a championship game, TCU could earn playoff contention by their season alone. Don't count TCU down and out yet.

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The College Football Playoff Selection Committee announces their first set of standings tomorrow evening and before you blink, the four contenders in the first-ever College Football Playoff are going to be announced!

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