Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame Among Favorites

Brian Kelly

Already, there are two apocalyptic scenarios in play.

The Buckeyes climb just two spots to No. 3 but that gets them into the all-important top four.

Among the once-beatens, Notre Dame, Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State stand above.

How will the top four shake out when the first poll is announced on Halloween? It wouldn't be just the Big 12's problem. Experts and analysts have all kinds of different ways that they break down teams and figure out who they believe belongs in the top four by the end of the year, but it seems like an bad lot of work for something that will be controversial pretty much every time.

But, no, we did not intentionally project Tate to play on the same day as Lamar Jackson, so that was a very happy accident.

Each year has their early aberrations.

Penn State led 38-27 with 5:42 left and it looked as if the Nittany Lions (7-1, 4-1) were going to knock the Buckeyes out of the College Football Playoff race and put a firm grip on the Big Ten East. Barrett wouldn't let that happen. "Probably", TCU coach Gary Patterson said Saturday.

Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Clemson, Penn State, Oklahoma, Miami, and TCU round up the top 10. Michigan State's overtime loss to Northwestern pushed it down as well. That could possibly mean two SEC schools in the College Football Playoff. March Madness is one of the most wonderful times of the year because everyone loves to see the chaos of 64+ teams battling their way round by round towards a championship. We're excited about it. You can see the top-25 below, and 26-130 on our rankings page.

The Crimson Tide are the clear best team in college football.

Regardless of their shelf life, count Bowlsby among those taking notice of the first rankings.

Which is why I think Georgia will be No. 1 on Tuesday night. "How else would we engage in all the arguments people are having?"

This year, Alabama and Georgia are widely expected to be ranked at the top two spots when the first rankings come out on Tuesday. ESPN's College GameDay is headed Saturday to Stillwater for the sixth time. Arizona, on the other hand, knocked off formerly ranked Washington State, and Mississippi State topped Texas A&M to enter the rankings.

If the Buckeyes are highly-ranked heading into that game, they could be a big draw, and the Wolverines might draw well too; they're now 6-2 and unranked by the AP (but #24 in the coaches' poll), and their next two games against unranked Minnesota and Maryland aren't that exciting, but they'll play Wisconsin (currently 8-0 and #4 in both polls) November 18.

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