With another year of exciting games being played in the last week of the regular season, rivalry week did not disappoint this year. With that being said, there is definitely a new-look in the CFB Playoff rankings, starting at the top after Alabama fans watched the Tide crumble in a 26-14 loss to SEC rival Auburn. Oklahoma remained steady with an easy win at West Virginia. Clemson finished the regular season with a convincing 34-10 win at #24 South Carolina. Last but not least, Wisconsin found its way in the top 4 for the first time this year. The BIG10 championship game will be the first real test for Wisconsin all year. We’ll see if they are the real deal.
#1 Clemson Tigers (11-1)
With Alabama going down in the Iron Bowl, Clemson was the obvious favourite to take that #1 spot. After the Tigers suffered that heart breaking lost in Syracuse weeks ago, man fans did not know whether the tigers would even be back in playoff contention. Sure enough they bounced back and have won every game since, but the works not done yet. After being knocked out of that 2 spot and the top-4 rankings all together, Miami will be hungry to try and get back in the mix as the opportunity arrises in the ACC Championship game next weekend. Clemson will have there work cut out for them against a top ranked Miami defence that is quick to create turnovers, an area Clemson has had some struggle with this year, coughing the ball up 15 times this season. Will Clemson dial in and hold on to that #1 spot?
#2. Auburn Tigers (10-2)
It’s hard not to be rooting for Auburn after Tigers fans and the college football world thought they were finished following a loss to Georgia. Just like last year, Auburn showed they were serious in their second straight Iron Bowl victory. Luckily for Auburn, they will get another crack at Georgia in the SEC Championship; a game that promises to excite. IT will definitely be interesting to see how the Tigers come at Georgia the second time around. We will see what kind of resiliency Auburn has as they fight to keep their playoff hopes alive.
#3 Oklahoma Sooners (11-1)
The Sooners cruised past their BIG12 rival West Virginia on Senior Day, a game that Baker Mayfield only sat 2 snaps and served his punishment for his eye-sore display or sportsmanship against Kansas last week. That didn’t matter though as Baker capitalized and took over once he got in on the second possession of the game. Continuing to put up big numbers in his Heisman campaign, the offence is firing on all cylinders. The Sooners defence is what fans will need to keep their eyes on moving forward to see just how far this Oklahoma team can go in the post-season. The Sooners are up against #11 TCU in the BIG12 Championship game this week, a team they handled fairly easily just weeks ago.
#4 Wisconsin (12-0)
Wisconsin can finally see their hard work paying off as they get their first taste of the playoff spotlight this year. The undefeated Badgers have Ohio State this weekend in the BIG10 Championship. This is realistically the first time all year Wisconsin will see an opponent that might give them some problems. Having a light schedule and playing well enough got them to this point, it will be interesting to see how the Badgers prepare for this game in hopes of staying the the playoff rankings and trying to move their way up as well.