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College Football Playoff Ozone Rankings
By Patrick Murphy

COLUMBUS – Next week, the first College Football Playoff Selection Committee rankings will be released. The debate about where teams will fall in the initial rankings is rampant, so we decided to bring your our Ozone.net Rankings.

While we may not have the credentials to rank football teams like Barry Alvarez, Pat Haden, Tom Osborne, Tyrone Willingham, or even someone like Condoleezaa Rice, we feel we can produce a fairly solid projection.

Just like the committee, we “place an emphasis on winning conference championships, strength of schedule and head-to-head competition when comparing teams with similar records and pedigree” in determining these rankings.

Because the ultimate goal of the rankings is to decide the top four teams that will compete in the College Football Playoff at the year’s end, that’s all we will focus on here.

Without further adieu, here are the College Football Playoff Ozone.net Rankings:

  Clemson comes in ranked first in our initial rankings due to what they've done so far this year. The Tigers have what could end up most impressive win over Notre Dame and are defeating opponents by an average of 21.7 points. They face Florida State in two weeks, which is the most difficult remaining game on the schedule.
  The other Tigers come in with three wins again teams ranked in the top-25 of the AP poll. Even though it required a fake field goal, LSU's 35-25 win over Florida is their best of the season. Leonard Fournette is the best player in the country right now and is rushing his team to wins. The biggest test comes Nov. 7 when they travel to Alabama.
  The Buckeyes are the defending National Champions, but that has no impact on these rankings. Ohio State is yet to lose in 2015, but comes ranked 53rd in strength of schedule. Early season struggles cost OSU the top spot, but they proved last year it's about where you finish. Upcoming dates with Michigan State and Michigan will tell the committee a lot about this team, which looked its best last week with new quarterback J.T. Barrett.
  The top two teams from the Big 12 - TCU and Baylor - might as well be a toss up at this point. Neither team has played anyone of note, but both have put up some daunting offensive numbers. Between common opponents, the Bears looked more impressive and get the nod this week, but losing quarterback Seth Russell could be what spells doom for Baylor this season.

 

Where did we get it right? Where are we wrong? Who are your top four as of right now? Let us know below.

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