Alabama tops the Week 3 College Football Playoff power ranking

Jake Fromm

We are two weeks into the college football season and outside of some close calls, and some head-to-head matchups of top-25 teams, there haven’t been a lot of shake-ups in the rankings yet.

There were fewer telling games in Week 2, but we did see some top teams rebound and a couple of other teams prove they are more pretender than contender.

We still don’t know precisely how the committee picks the final four teams, but we have learned a few things over the years. We know they like the SEC and Alabama. We know they generally prefer conference champions if most other criteria are in the same ballpark. And we know they don’t like to give bids to Pac-12 and Big 12 teams in the same year.

With what we have learned so far, we have some idea of what teams need to do to make the playoff. Below, we ranked the top 20 teams in the country based on their chances to make the playoff.

20. Virginia Tech

Record (AP Rank): 1-1 (13)

Last week’s result: Beat William & Mary, 62-17

Last week’s playoff rank: Unranked

Key games remaining: The Hokies have Notre Dame and Miami at home. The Miami game could decide the Coastal division rep in the ACC title game.

One thing to know: The win over Florida State looks less impressive now and yet, their AP ranking is still cashing in on that victory. Other teams that were considered for this final spot included, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, and Iowa. These teams all feel interchangeable at this point.

19. Arizona State

Record (AP Rank): 2-0 (23)

Last week’s result: Beat Michigan State, 16-13

Last week’s playoff rank: Unranked

Key games remaining: The Sun Devils have road games against Washington, USC, Oregon, and Arizona. They also have Stanford at home. 

One thing to know: Arizona State looks a lot like the late 1990s Tampa Bay Buccaneers teams where Herm Edwards was an assistant coach under Tony Dungy. Those teams played good defense, were fundamentally sound, and they played conservative offense that loves to kick field goals. Those Bucs teams won a lot of games, but they were also often frustrating.

18. Miami

Record (AP Rank): 0-1 (21)

Last week’s result: Beat Savannah State, 77-0

Last week’s playoff rank: 20

Key games remaining: The schedule is in Miami’s favor this season, with Florida State at home. Their toughest road game is Virginia Tech late in the year. 

One thing to know: It is easy to imagine that Miami would have put up more of a fight against LSU if they had played Savannah State first. The good news for the Hurricanes is the LSU loss might be their only blemish heading into the ACC title game.

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Alabama tops the Week 3 College Football Playoff power ranking