FOX Four: Clemson clearly nation’s strongest team
Welcome back to the FOX Four.
To prepare for Year Two of the College Football Playoff, we’ve assembled our own committee that will present its ranking of the top teams after each week from now through the end of the season.
The process works much as it did last season. Each member will submit an individual top 10, which we’ll compile to get an average score and then publish our official FOX Four rankings from highest to lowest. Though this ranking puts special emphasis on the first four teams — our current playoff picks after the most recent week of the season — we’ll list a full top 10 so you can see how the committee has prioritized the second batch of teams that could impact the playoff discussion.
Number of first-place votes will break ties. If two teams have the same number of first-place votes, we’ll proceed to the subsequent place until the tie is broken.
Our 13-member committee this week: Colin Cowherd, Bruce Feldman, Matt Leinart, Stewart Mandel, Joel Klatt, Tim Brando, Molly McGrath, Brady Quinn, Spencer Tillman, Petros Papadakis, Rob Stone, Clay Travis and Dave Wannstedt.
And here is our FOX Four:
For a closer look at the voting, here’s the Top 10, with the average ranking for each team in parentheses.
1. Clemson (9.9)
2. Alabama (8.7)
3. Oklahoma (7.8)
4. Iowa (6.5)
5. Michigan State (6.4)
6. Ohio State (4.9)
7. Stanford (3.8)
8. North Carolina (2.9)
9. Florida State (1.4)
10. Notre Dame (.9)
Other teams receiving votes: TCU (.7), Baylor (.4), Michigan (.2), Northwestern (one ninth-place vote), Florida (one ninth-place vote), Oregon (one 10th-place vote)
Teams with first-place votes: Clemson (12), Alabama (1)
Teams with Top 4 votes: Clemson (13), Alabama (12), Oklahoma (12), Iowa (9), Michigan State (5), Ohio State (1)
Click below for previous FOX Four rankings:
Next week on FOX & FS1 (all times ET):
–Big Ten championship game: Michigan State vs. Iowa (Saturday, 8:17 p.m., FOX)
–West Virginia vs. Kansas State (Saturday, 4:30 p.m., FS1)