During last week’s reveal, we saw the Ohio State football team as the number-one team in the CFP rankings for the first time since 2019. They topped the rankings and were followed by Georgia, Michigan, and Florida State in the top four. Will that be the same order this week?
Let’s examine how each team played this past week. The Ohio State football team covered the spread against Rutgers, beating them 35-16. It was not a pretty game offensively for the Buckeyes, but none of them have been so far this season. They still have the two best wins in the country over Notre Dame and Penn State.
Georgia beat 12th-ranked Missouri in Athens 30-21. That is by far the best win they have all year. I still don’t think it’s quite enough to make them jump Ohio State though. If they beat Ole Miss this week, that might be enough to push the defending champs to the top spot.
Michigan did not cover the spread against a terrible Purdue team. While the Wolverines were never in danger of losing and took down the Boilermakers 41-13, they still haven’t played anyone. Expect them to stay at three this week. This week’s game against Penn State will tell us a lot. We also might find out if they’re still postseason-eligible.
Florida State also covered the spread against Pitt but had a rough first half, just like the Ohio State Buckeyes. Their best win is still at LSU, but that win took a hit after LSU fell to Bama. The problem for them is that Washington won at #20 USC and now has wins over the Trojans and Oregon.
My guess is that Washington jumps the Seminoles for the fourth spot in this week’s rankings. Ohio State, Georgia, and Michigan should all keep their spots. FSU should drop one spot to fifth and Washington gets rewarded for the big win.
Next week’s rankings could have some big shakeups depending on what happens in this week’s games. These rankings should have less drama.