College Football Playoff Rankings: Chop Chat’s Second Edition

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Jan 9, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; General view of the college football playoff trophy during media day at Phoenix Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The initial college football playoff rankings will be released tonight. Of course the rankings are determined by a committee, but we did our own set of college football playoff rankings.

The initial college football playoff rankings will be announced November 1, 2016, at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Below are the committee’s responsibilities according to the college football playoff website:

Selection Committee Responsibilities

  • Rank the top 25 teams and assign the top four to semifinal sites.

  • Assign teams to New Year’s bowls.

    • Create competitive matchups.

    • Attempt to avoid rematches of regular-season games and repeat appearances in specific bowls.

    • Consider geography.

This is our SECOND edition of college football playoff projections. The first edition can be found here.

We’re only listing OUR top 15 teams in the nation. In all likelihood the four teams that make the four team final playoff are already top 15 teams.

Let’s go!

Sep 19, 2015; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) breaks away from Auburn Tigers cornerback Ed Paris (24) for a touchdown during the second quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 19, 2015; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) breaks away from Auburn Tigers cornerback Ed Paris (24) for a touchdown during the second quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

LSU (5-2)

Last Ranking: UR

Last Week-Bye

LSU’s two losses are to teams ranked in our top 10. Their best win is against an Ole Miss team that’s (3-4), but were ranked No. 23 when LSU beat them.

LSU will host Alabama Saturday night in a huge SEC West showdown.

Sep 24, 2016; Waco, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) passes the ball against the Baylor Bears during the second half at McLane Stadium. Baylor won 35-24. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 24, 2016; Waco, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) passes the ball against the Baylor Bears during the second half at McLane Stadium. Baylor won 35-24. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor (6-1)

Last Ranking: No. 11

Last Week: Lost to Texas 35-34

We didn’t think much of Baylor last week even though they were undefeated at the time. They haven’t played anyone of note, and now lost to a Texas Longhorns team that’s (4-4) on the season.

They still have a shot at winning the BIG 12, but all college playoff aspirations are dried up. They will host TCU Saturday.

Jan 2, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker Jared Barber (42) and cornerback Terrell Chestnut (16) celebrate after defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils in the Cactus Bowl at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 2, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker Jared Barber (42) and cornerback Terrell Chestnut (16) celebrate after defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils in the Cactus Bowl at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia (6-1)

Last Ranking: No. 8

Last Week: Lost To Oklahoma State 37-20

That loss to Oklahoma State was devastating for West Virginia. That’s what happens when the offense commits three turnovers though.

They still have a shot in the BIG 12, but it’s a wrap for their college football playoff hopes. They will take on Kansas next week.

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Nov 15, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook (4) scores a touchdown past Miami Hurricanes safety Jamal Carter (6) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. FSU won 30-26. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State (5-3)

Last Ranking: No. 12

Last Week: Lost To Clemson 37-34

Sorry, I can’t drop the ‘Noles from the No. 12 spot as they have played one of the toughest schedules in the country.

They played No. 3 Clemson head up(and the refs), and without a starting safety for the fourth quarter because of referee error.

Makes no sense to drop them just because they lost. They are still one of the better teams in the country. The ‘Noles will travel to Raleigh and take on NC State Saturday.

Dec 31, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws against the Clemson Tigers during the first half of the 2015 CFP semifinal at the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 31, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws against the Clemson Tigers during the first half of the 2015 CFP semifinal at the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma (7-2)

Last Ranking: No. 14

Last Week: Defeated Kansas 56-3

Oklahoma has losses to Houston and Ohio State. The loss to Houston doesn’t look particularly good now that that’s also lost two games. However, Oklahoma can still win the BIG 12 championship since they are undefeated in conference play.

Oklahoma takes on Iowa State next week.

Oct 8, 2016; Starkville, MS, USA; Auburn Tigers wide receiver Stanton Truitt (10) runs the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Auburn won 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 8, 2016; Starkville, MS, USA; Auburn Tigers wide receiver Stanton Truitt (10) runs the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Auburn won 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn (6-2)

Last Ranking: No. 13

Last Week: Beat Ole Miss 40-29

Both of Auburn’s losses were competitive and against top 10 teams Clemson and Texas A&M. Auburn will host Vanderbilt this week.

Sep 10, 2016; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Tre Bryant (18) runs against Wyoming Cowboys free safety Andrew Winged (28) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 52-17. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 10, 2016; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Tre Bryant (18) runs against Wyoming Cowboys free safety Andrew Winged (28) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 52-17. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska (7-1)

Last Ranking: No. 7

Last Week: Lost to Wisconsin 23-17

A lot of folk are not sold on Nebraska, mainly because their strength of schedule isn’t great by any means at No. 86 going into week eight.

However, they’ll get to prove if they’re for real or not next week when they travel to Wisconsin.

Oct 15, 2016; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers fullback Austin Ramesh (20) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall Stadium. Ohio State won 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 15, 2016; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers fullback Austin Ramesh (20) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall Stadium. Ohio State won 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin (6-2)

Last Ranking: No. 8

Last week: Defeated Nebraska 23-17

Wisconsin got back in the win column with a big win over top 10 ranked Nebraska last week. It’s two losses are a combined 14 points to what were the No. 2 and No. 4 teams in the nation.

They’ll travel to Northwestern to take on the Wildcats on Saturday.

Nov 28, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) rushes in the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Ohio State won 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 28, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) rushes in the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Ohio State won 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State (7-1)

Last Ranked: No. 7

Last Week: Defeated Northwestern 24-20

The former No. 2 team didn’t exactly play lights out against Northwestern. They began the fourth quarter tied at 17-17.

They’ll host No. 9 Nebraska this week.

Oct 22, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Trevor Knight (8) passes the football against Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M (7-1)

Last Ranked: No. 6

Last Week: Defeated New Mexico State 52-10

The Aggies have played one of the toughest schedules in the nation thus far, but got a cupcake on Saturday agaisnt NMSU.

They’ll travel to Mississippi State on Saturday.

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Dec 30, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) looks to pass against the Texas A&M Aggies during the first half of the 2015 Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville (7-1)

Last Ranked: No. 5

Last Week: Defeated Virginia 32-25

This is the second or third game where Louisville hasn’t looked like one of the best teams in the country against sub-par competition.

In fact, they were losing to Virginia at 10-7 at halftime. They need to be more consistent as the remainder of their schedule does them no favors.

They will travel to Boston College this week.

Sep 30, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Browning (3) celebrates with wide receiver Aaron Fuller (12) after a three-yard touchdown pass from Browning to Fuller during the second half at Husky Stadium. Washington won 44-6. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 30, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Browning (3) celebrates with wide receiver Aaron Fuller (12) after a three-yard touchdown pass from Browning to Fuller during the second half at Husky Stadium. Washington won 44-6. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Washington (8-0)

Last Ranked: No. 4

Last Week: Defeated Utah 31-24

Wow, who would have thought Washington would have where they are in the preseason? Not many, but they got a legit road win over Utah last week that keeps them in the No. 4 spot after Louisville struggled with lowly Virginia.

Washington will travel to California on Saturday for their next matchup.

Dec 31, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney and quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) celebrate after defeating Oklahoma Sooners in the 2015 CFP semifinal at the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Clemson won 37-17. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 31, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney and quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) celebrate after defeating Oklahoma Sooners in the 2015 CFP semifinal at the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Clemson won 37-17. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson (8-0)

Last Ranking: No. 3

Last Week- Survived against Florida State 37-34

Clemson made the plays down the stretch to beat Florida State behind some questionable calls by the referees.

They called a long run by Dalvin Cook back on a phantom block or whatever it was they called, and they ejected FSU’s Trey Marshall on a bogus targeting call.

Clemson rightfully attacked the spot where Marshall was supposed to be and scored 17 points in the fourth quarter.

They play Syracuse at home Saturday.

Apr 1, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh looks on during the spring game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 1, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh looks on during the spring game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan (8-0)

Last Ranking: No. 2

Last Week: Beat Michigan State 32-25

The game wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate. Michigan was up 30-17 with under two minutes to go in the game.

A late garbage time touchdown with less than a minute remaining created the final score.

Michigan will host Maryland Saturday.

Sep 3, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) runs for a touchdown past USC Trojans defensive back Chris Hawkins (4) during the second half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 3, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) runs for a touchdown past USC Trojans defensive back Chris Hawkins (4) during the second half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama (8-0)

Last Ranking: No. 1

Last Week: Bye

Alabama is the best team I’ve seen all year, and will travel to Death Valley Saturday to take on LSU in what’s usually a epic showdown.

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