What the College Football Playoff Rankings might have been after Week 8

Believe it or not, we’re steaming ahead in this whole college football season thing, and the first College Football Playoff Rankings are less than a week away.

Teams such as Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, and Tennesee want to win their conference but have an ultimate goal of reaching the College Football Playoff.

Now that we’ve seen teams for eight weeks now, we have a much better idea of what the pecking order is.

And while we still have to wait a few days for the official CFP rankings,

we can throw darts at pictures of teams ahead of that to give you an idea of what they might have looked like after Week 8 if we got an early peek.

Now, keep in mind that the CFP committee has rotating members and it seems every year, it prioritizes its framework of guidelines differently,

so we’ll probably tear it all up when the rankings are released, but we like a good challenge.

Here’s our look at how we believe the College Football Playoff rankings might have played out if they were released after Week 8 as a part of all the fun.

It’s not necessarily how we would rank the teams, but how we feel they might have lined up according to past history with this CFP committee.

25. Tulane Green Wave (7-1) Up Next IDLE

24. NC State Wolfpack (5-2) Up Next vs. Virginia Tech

23. South Carolina Gamecocks (5-2) Up Next vs. Missouri

22. Cincinnati Bearcats (6-1) Up Next at UCF

21. North Carolina Tar Heels (6-1) Up Next vs. Pitt

20. Oregon State Beavers (6-2) Up Next IDLE

19. Kansas State Wildcats (5-2) Up Next vs. Oklahoma State

18. LSU Tigers (6-2) Up Next IDLE

17. Utah Utes (5-2) Up Next at Washington State

16. Illinois Fighting Illini (6-1) Up Next at Nebraska

15. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-1) Up Next at Louisville

14. Syracuse Orange (6-1) Up Next vs. Notre Dame

13. Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1) Up Next vs. Ohio State

12. Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-1) Up Next at Kansas State

11. Ole Miss Rebels (7-1) Up Next at Texas A&M

10. UCLA Bruins (6-1) Up Next vs. Stanford

9. USC Trojans (6-1) Up Next at Arizona

8. Oregon Ducks (6-1) Up Next at Cal

7. TCU Horned Frogs (7-0) Up Next at West Virginia

6. Clemson Tigers (8-0) Up Next IDLE

5. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1) Up Next IDLE

4. Michigan Wolverines (7-0) Up Next vs. Michigan State

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0) Up Next at Penn State

2. Georgia Bulldogs (7-0) Up Next vs. Florida (neutral site – Jacksonville)

1. Tennessee Volunteers (7-0) Up Next vs. Kentucky


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