Beginning in 2014, a playoff selection committee will determine which four college football teams play for the national title. Some are skeptical of the committee, so we — the Elvii of college football — have joined together to present our weekly playoff nominations. We call it the T.C.B. Poll.
Playoff Rankings: Week 1
Each week, the T.C.B. Poll is an aggregate of all our inputs. Scroll down to see individual selections and opinions.
Also receiving votes: Oklahoma, Michigan State, Ohio State, Georgia.
TCB Committee Member Comments
- Florida State – They didn’t look great versus Oklahoma State, but they are still the defending champs at the top of the hill. Until someone knocks them off, they will be number 1 on the LSU Elvis poll. Also, did you see Red Lightning? My boy is back and he is defending better than the FSU defense did all night.
- Alabama – Tough win versus West Virginia. It is still Alabama and it is still Nick Saban, watch out for the Texas A&M, Auburn or Georgia to be the SEC representative in the 1st college football playoff, they all looked really good.
- Oklahoma – Standard win versus Louisiana Tech. I don’t see the Sooners loosing anytime soon and they should stay in the top 4. If they lose before the November 8 matchup with Baylor, I think they will lock themselves out of the top 4 playoff position.
- Michigan State – at Oregon this Saturday. Will the traditional defense win or the high-powered offense. We will see and we might see the first change in the LSU Elvis top 4.
- Florida State – The Seminoles won’t have to be great, just good enough to win them all against a medium strength of schedule.
- Auburn – The nation’s toughest schedule? No problem. Auburn has the means and the motivation.
- Oregon – This will be the year they get Stanford (and everybody else in the Pac-12) off their backs. Look out, Michigan State.
- Ohio State – I’m keeping the Buckeyes in here for 1 more week to see how they fare against Va. Tech., but Oklahoma’s looking more attractive.
- Oregon – Did Oregon things on their way to scoring 41 first-half points. Yeah they played a bunch of stiffs, but that’s what you are supposed to do, right? No stiffs this week as Sparty comes to town.
- Florida State – A sign of weakness for the defending champs? When you don’t cover, I knock you down a step.
- Alabama – Same goes for the Tide. Was West Virginia really that good?
- Auburn – Slowly cooked the Razorbacks before finishing them off. I’m glad my team doesn’t play in the SEC West.
- FSU – Didn’t choke, so they can stay here.
- Oregon – will play Michigan State on Saturday, and a victory will validate this ranking, which is too high now based upon their existing body of work.
- Alabama – Gets dropped a peg due to underwhelming offensive performance (style points matter!) and the unkempt attire of their offensive coordinator (style points matter!).
- Georgia – I’m going to use strength of schedule as the primary metric for my rankings this year, and while Clemson may prove to be mediocre, I think Todd Gurley + playoff = good television.