The college football regular season has come to a close and the final College Football Playoff rankings will be unveiled on Sunday at 12 p.m. Eastern. Oklahoma, Ohio State, Georgia and UCF are thought to be the only four teams in contention for the final playoff spot.
The top two teams all won over the weekend meaning Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are all expected to hold onto the top three spots. The one thing to watch is what the committee does with Notre Dame not playing in a conference title game. Given the Irish started the weekend at No. 3, Notre Dame is still likely to make the playoff, but the committee could rank three teams ahead of them that won a conference title.
Here’s how the playoff committee defines the selection criteria for the top four teams per the playoff website.
The selection committee ranks the teams based on the members’ evaluation of the teams’ performance on the field, using conference championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, and comparison of results against common opponents to decide among teams that are comparable.
Oklahoma entered the weekend ranked ahead of Ohio State and got a win over a higher ranked opponent. The Buckeyes’ blowout loss to Purdue is likely too much to overcome.
Here’s a look at my final predictions for the College Football Playoff rankings.
College Football Playoff Semifinals: Cotton & Orange Bowl
Cotton Bowl: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Orange Bowl: No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame
College Football Playoff Rankings Prediction Week 14
Source: Heavy Sports