College Football Playoff

Who Will Be No. 1 in the Final College Football Playoff Rankings?

Victoria Barnett

By Victoria Barnett

November 19, 2015

college-football-premium-package-resized-600_1-1.pngWe have three sets of College Football rankings announced thus far in the season, and the top four teams have almost stayed the same week after week. There's been a lot of talk about which teams should be where in the rankings. 

We still have three weeks left before the rankings are solidified and we find out which teams land in the playoff. Who will be No. 1? 

Week 9

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Clemson

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Clemson

LSU

Alabama

Alabama

Ohio State

Ohio State

Ohio State

Alabama

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Considering Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama have appeared in the Top 4 every week, it’s likely they will remain that way the rest of the season. Then again, anything can happen, especially when you look at the remaining games to be played. Clemson has secured the No. 1 spot, but no one can really reach an agreement of who should actually be there. Then again, no one can really reach an agreement on any of the teams in the Top 4.

We still have some big games left in the season – ones that could likely make or break a team’s chance of landing at No. 1. With that being said, let’s take a look at who is most likely to be No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Clemson

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With a 10-0 record, Clemson has been sitting pretty at the No. 1 spot week after week. Will they stay there? There’s a chance. Clemson’s final two games are against Wake Forest (3-7) and South Carolina (3-7), so you could say things look pretty good for their unblemished record. We do have to remember that record is not everything when it comes to being No. 1, as we saw last year when an undefeated Florida State sat at No. 3 in the playoff behind one-loss teams Alabama and Oregon. However, this year, record seems to really mean something.

But what about strength of schedule? According to ESPN, Clemson sits at 26 on the list for strength of schedule behind twelve SEC teams including Alabama. Which matters most? It will be interesting to see the weight the Committee places on record and schedule at the end of the season.

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Alabama

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Ever since Alabama’s loss to Ole Miss, college football enthusiasts have taken two different sides. Non-Alabama fans refuse to dismiss this one loss and base Alabama’s ranking potential on such. On the other hand, Alabama fans point out how well Alabama has played since its loss with big wins in big games against Texas A&M, Georgia, LSU and Mississippi State.

Fans also like to focus on Alabama’s schedule. According to ESPN’s Strength of Record metric, Alabama boasts the No.1 average strength of schedule, which causes many to wonder why Alabama isn’t No. 1 in the rankings, even with their one loss. What we do know is, if Alabama can tear it up in their final games against Charleston Southern and Auburn, they could very well clinch the top spot.

Ohio State

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Probably the most controversial team, Ohio State currently sits at No. 3 with fans insisting they should be No. 1 and non-fans insisting they shouldn’t and won’t be No. 1 in the end. Sure, a 10-0 record is impressive, but the most argued about aspect is their strength of schedule. All of their wins this season came from unranked teams, so the true test will be their next two games against No. 9 Michigan State and No. 12 Michigan.

We know this year’s team is basically the same as last year’s team, but is that enough to land at No. 1 this year? Things have looked good for the Buckeyes thus far, but it will be interesting to see how their next two games play out.

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The question really comes down to this: If all teams were put on a neutral playing field, who would be No. 1?

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