Did you feel that? That was the college football landscape shifting once again. And we get the sense this won’t be the last time.
As the 2015 college football season continues to move forward, we’re inching closer and closer to finding out which four teams will get the opportunity to participate in the second-ever College Football Playoff. That’s when the real fun begins.
But before that final list can be unveiled, each of the country’s top contenders must prove their worth on a weekly basis. And if the selection committee’s latest CFP rankings tell us anything, it’s that some teams still have plenty of work to do.
With 10 weeks of play officially in the books, we can’t wait to see what the rest of the 2015 season brings. However, in the meantime, it’s always fun to take a look at how the picture is slowly coming together. With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of the top seven teams in the second edition of the College Football Playoff rankings.
7. Stanford Cardinal
It would appear the Stanford Cardinal are finally starting to get some love from the selection committee. Following a decisive 42-10 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes, David Shaw’s club climbed to No. 7 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings (previously ranked No. 11). This upcoming weekend, the Cardinal face a Pac-12 rival in the Oregon Ducks. If Stanford can keep its win streak alive, and clubs ahead of them in the rankings stumble, we should see the Cardinal climb the ladder again next week.
6. Baylor Bears
The Baylor Bears may hold a perfect 8-0 record and lead the nation in scoring (57.4 points per game), but the fact they haven’t played any quality teams this season is finally starting to catch up to them. Not only did the selection committee keep coach Art Briles and company at the No. 6 position in the latest CFP rankings, but the Bears also fell two spots to No. 4 in the most recent AP poll. Fortunately for the Bears, with a meeting with the Oklahoma Sooners on the horizon, their schedule is about to get a bit tough. Now let’s see how they do against some real competition.
5. Iowa Hawkeyes
We guess it’s time to start taking the Iowa Hawkeyes seriously. This club is 9-0, first place in the Big Ten West, and right on the bubble of the College Football Playoff. With the committee moving the Hawkeyes to No. 5 in latest CFP rankings (up from No. 9), we think this team has more than passed the eye test. Now there’s only one thing left for Iowa to do: keep it up.
4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
As far as the AP Top 25 is concerned, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are No. 6 ranked team in the land. However, when it comes to the rankings that truly matter, Brian Kelly’s bunch finds itself in a position to punch a ticket to the second-ever College Football Playoff. As the newly-minted No. 4 team in the latest CFP rankings, the Irish are now in control of their own destiny. No pressure.
3. Ohio State
For the first time all season, the Ohio State Buckeyes no longer hold the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25. However, in the eyes of the selection committee, the defending national champions still remain the No. 3 team in the land. If Ohio State should win out, there’s no way it will be kept out of the College Football Playoff. Of course, as we all know, running the table is easier said than done.
Despite having one loss on the year, Alabama’s recent victory over LSU was so convincing, the committee had no choice but to move the team to the No. 2 spot in the latest College Football Playoff Rankings. On top of that, Nick Saban‘s bunch climbed to No. 3 in the most recent AP poll. Don’t look now, but Tide is coming to reclaim its position at the top of the college football mountain. At this point, we can most certainly picture them rolling.
The Clemson Tigers continue to stake their claim as the No. 1 team in the country. And it’s not just the selection committee who thinks so. After defeating the Florida State Seminoles this past weekend, and securing the ACC Atlantic Division title, the Tigers have since moved up to the No. 1 spot in the most recent AP poll. With the way things are going, the folks in Death Valley may just get that pizza party after all.