FOX Four: Ranking the College Football Playoff field after Week 2
FOX Sports Staff
Every week until the official College Football Playoff field is announced, a group of FOX Sports broadcasters, writers and production staff will vote on the "FOX Four" -- our collective ranking of the current four best teams in the country. Here is how we would seed the playoff field after Week 2.
Other teams receiving playoff votes: Clemson; Stanford; Wisconsin; Texas; Houston; Washington.
Next week on FOX and FS1 (all times ET): No. 3 Ohio State at No. 14 Oklahoma (Saturday, 7:30, FOX); Iowa State at TCU (Saturday, Noon, FS1).
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Michigan (AP rank: 4)
The Wolverines have opened 2016 by beating Hawaii and UCF by a combined score of 114-17. New starting quarterback Wilton Speight has completed 70 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and one interception. Michigan gets Colorado at home next week before hosting Penn State, so we may not know much about Jim Harbaugh's team until Week 5 when No. 9 Wisconsin visits, but even then Michigan still won't have played a game outside Ann Arbor. They go to Rutgers in Week 6, with their first true tough road game coming Oct. 29 at Michigan State.
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Ohio State (AP rank: 3)
The Buckeyes see Michigan's combined score in the first two weeks of the season and raise their rival to 125-13, which is how badly Ohio State has beaten Bowling Green and Tulsa. Quarterback J.T. Barrett has nine total touchdowns on the year with one pick. Unlike Michigan, though, Ohio State's first test comes now. Next week, OSU travels to Oklahoma to play a huge game against the No. 14 Sooners (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX).
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Florida State (AP rank: 2)
Florida State entered the year with a lot of talent but some questions, particularly at quarterback, as redshirt freshman Deondre Francois was an unknown. Well, he's pretty good, completing 69 percent of his passes with five TDs and one pick through the first two games as FSU beat Ole Miss and Charleston Southern. Some bad news: Star safety Derwin James went down with a left knee injury in Week 2, and FSU is awaiting word on what the damage is. It's bad timing, as the Seminoles go to No. 10 Louisville next week in a big conference game that could alter the playoff course for both teams.
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Alabama (AP rank: 1)
Alabama has beaten USC 52-6 and Western Kentucky 38-10 to open the season, mostly behind a true freshman quarterback, a largely rebuilt offensive line and a new stable of running backs, and yet if you listen to Nick Saban the Crimson Tide are nowhere near where they should be. "I don't know that I've ever been this disappointed after winning a game, maybe ever ... I'm almost embarrassed," Saban said after Week 2. So there's that. Our voters, however, all listed Bama as their No. 1 team after two weeks. Next week -- with the Tide visiting Ole Miss, which has beaten them two years in a row -- we will find out if that level of confidence in Alabama is justified.