College Football Playoff Ladder Predictions: Here’s what the CFP’s top 25 could look like in Week 13

The week 13 college football playoff rankings will have a new look, with a top 5 team dropping and more. I predict how things will get out of hand.

RANKINGS: Here are the top 25 College Football Playoff rankings from the past week

The fourth of six CFP Top 25 reveals takes place on Tuesday, November 22 on ESPN (here’s the full schedule; fifth ranking is on November 29). Before the announcement, here’s a prediction of how the committee might rank its top 25 teams. Note that these are my predictions and mine only. I look at head-to-head results, schedule strength, games against ranked teams, and more to rank teams as I think the CFP committee will. You can read the official minutes of the GFP Committee here.

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College Football Playoff Ladder Predictions: Top 25 Predictions Week 13

  1. Georgia (11-0) | Back: 1 — Georgia’s SEC dominance continued with a win over Kentucky.
  2. Ohio State (11-0) | Back: 2 — It looked shaky, but Ohio State pulled out the win.
  3. Michigan (11-0) | Back: 3 — After a shaky win of their own, Michigan will battle Ohio State for a Big Ten championship spot, braggart rights and more.
  4. TCU (11-0) | Back: 4 — TCU remains the fourth-best undefeated team.
  5. Southern California (10-1) | Back: 7 — The Trojans skip LSU after a league win over UCLA.
  6. LSU (9-2) | Back: 6 — LSU defeated UAB, but their biggest win came when Tennessee lost, giving the Tigers more hope for the playoffs.
  7. Alabama (9-2) | Back: 8 — Alabama beat an FCS school to advance to 9-2.
  8. Clemson (10-1) | Back: 8 — Clemson was behind Alabama last week and will be behind them this week after both teams won regardless of the opponent’s level.
  9. Oregon (9-2) | Previous: 12 — A top 10 win puts Oregon back in the top 10.
  10. Tennessee (9-2) | Back: 5 — In addition to losing to an unranked South Carolina team, Tennessee also lost quarterback Hendon Hooker for the year. This double whammy knocks the Vols out of playoff contention and drops five places in the rankings.
  11. Penn State (9-2) | Back: 11 — Penn State solid after defeating Rutgers.
  12. State of Kansas (8-3) | Back: 15 — Kansas State is the second-best team in the Big 12 after winning their last two games.
  13. Washington (9-2) | Back: 17 — With a win and a loss in Oregon, the Huskies can win the Pac-12 championship game.
  14. Utah (8-3) | Back: 10 — Utah falls out of the top 10 after losing to a ranked Oregon team. The Utes trail Washington here, just like they did in the Pac-12 standings.
  15. Notre Dame (8-3) | Back: 18 — The Fighting Irish braved the elements to shut out Boston College.
  16. North Carolina (9-2) | Back: 13 — After losing to Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels must fall behind Notre Dame in this week’s rankings.
  17. UCLA (8-3) | Previous: 16 — After UCLA’s heartbreaking loss to a Crosstown rival, the Bruins fall just one spot because the loss came to a top-10 opponent.
  18. Florida State (8-3) | Back: 19 — Florida State went about its business and defeated Louisiana 49-17.
  19. Tulane (9-2) | Previous: 21 — Tulane can secure a spot in the AAC championship game with a win over Cincinnati to close out the season.
  20. Ole Miss (8-3) | Back: 14 — Hotty Toddy is cooling off after losing in back-to-back weeks, this time to an unranked Arkansas team.
  21. Oregon State (8-3) | Back: 23 — Oregon State climbs two spots after beating Arizona State.
  22. Cincinnati (9-2) | Back: 25 — At 9-2, Cincinnati remains in contention for a New Year’s Six Bowl.
  23. South Carolina (7-4) | Previous: NR — The Gamecocks blew up Tennessee, a top-five team at the time. This leaves South Carolina the only 7-4 team in the rankings.
  24. Coastal Carolina (9-1) | Previous: NR — Coastal Carolina had a bye last week but, going 9-1, the Chanticleers deserve a spot on the leaderboard after a week’s hiatus. However, Coastal Carolina can only climb that high after being left out with the same record last week.
  25. UCF (8-3) | Back: 20 — UCF lost to Navy but stayed ranked thanks to victories over other ranked teams in Cincinnati and Tulane. Other teams under consideration are UTSA and Texas.

dropped out: State of Oklahoma (22), State of NC (24)

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Notable College Football Playoff Rankings Questions

Where does Tennessee land?

Tennessee lost to an unranked South Carolina team on Saturday night, but the biggest blow came when Hendon Hooker was out for the season on Sunday afternoon. After those losses, it can still be argued that Tennessee should still be ranked ahead of LSU and Alabama as the Vols have head-to-head wins against both 9-2 teams. While that argument would be a solid point, a top-5 team losing to an unranked opponent, losing their quarterback for the season AND staying in the top-5 just doesn’t make sense. All eyes will be on seeing where the Vols land.

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Can a ranked win finally bring a loss in Southern California ahead of LSU?

In Week 12, Southern California beat then-No. 16 UCLA while LSU beat UAB. The Trojans were placed behind the Tigers last week despite having one loss in hand. A ranked win might be what the Trojans need to move up the ranks.

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