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On Tuesday, November 5 the official college football playoff rankings came out, and with seven teams currently undefeated, the rankings could be quite controversial. The official rankings are in, and the their are many people out there that believe their team should be higher up on the list. Right now, I am going to go over the current top four and discuss, with supporting opinions from professionals, why these four teams are ranked where they are.

1.Ohio State University (8-0)

Ohio State has been an amazing team this year, but there are certainly an amount of fans and professionals who believe they should not be ranked first. However, there are many more who believe Ohio State was put in the right spot. Ohio State has scored the third most offensive points in college football, and has outscored opponents 386 – 63 so far this season. The Buckeyes average more than 48 points per game, and give up barely more than a touchdown to opponents. The Buckeyes currently have one of the best, if not the best defense in college football; centered around star defensive end

Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

, Chase Young. Young could be the first defensive player in over twenty years, and the second defensive player ever to win the Heisman trophy. Many people call Chase Young not only the best defensive player, but the best college football player this season. He currently has 13.5 sacks totaling a loss of 95 yards for opposing teams, as well as five forced fumbles in only eight games. Justin Fields, the Buckeyes quarterback, is also a solid contender for the Heisman this year. Fields has thrown for over 1,600 yards this season for 24 touchdowns, and tacked on over 300 yards and 9 touchdowns rushing. The Buckeyes have quite the team this year, and definitely deserve the 1 spot.

 

 

2. Louisiana State University (8-0)

LSU has taken the nation by storm this season. With Joe Burrow leading the tigers, they

Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

are currently 8-0, with big wins over Texas, Florida, and most recently Auburn. Their offense has been a force to be reckoned with this season as Joe Burrow has thrown for over 2,800 yards and 30 touchdowns so far. LSU has outscored opponents 374 – 160 this season, averaging over 46 points per game. While Joe Burrow as a top Heisman candidate has been the big talk of LSU’s offense, they do also have a solid receiving core led by Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase, both with nine touchdowns and over 700 receiving yards each. The tigers will have a tough end of the season as they have a huge game against Alabama this weekend, but if they can sneak away with a win this weekend, they should be able to finish out the season undefeated.

 

 

3. University of Alabama (8-0)

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Alabama has been one of the biggest football programs for the past decade, and has to continued to show why throughout this season. Alabama has not had the same season as in past years, with them blowing out all other teams out of the water in the regular season, but this year the competition for the top four has been far more even. However, the crimson tide has still been dominant throughout this season so far. Part of the reason Alabama is ranked third is because of their schedule. They have only played one ranked team throughout their first eight games, and that team was the 24 seed. The biggest news around the crimson tide is surrounding their star quarterback, and a top Heisman candidate, Tua Tagovailoa. Tua has thrown for well over 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns, making him the face of the Alabama offense. While the crimson tide has a standout quarterback, they make sure to spread the ball around pretty evenly between their receivers and running backs. They don’t have as many big time play-makers as other teams, but they still have a highly effective football program. They have outscored opponents 389 – 122 so far this season, but have a tough couple of games to finish it off. Their biggest challenge will come this weekend against 2 LSU, and will again have a challenge against Auburn for their final game. The Tide will have a tough finish to their season, but if they beat LSU there is a strong possibility that they make it to the college football playoffs.

4. Penn State University (8-0)

Penn State has surprised many people this season so far. They have had an outstanding football program for years, but this year they have the best team they have had in years. The lions have had one of the toughest schedules of top ten teams with big wins over Iowa and Michigan, but their season will only get harder as they take on undefeated Minnesota this weekend as well as the 1 seed Ohio State in two weeks. Penn State’s quarterback, Sean Clifford, has put up some big numbers so far this year with nearly 2,000 passing yards for 20 touchdowns. He has completed passes to over a dozen receivers, as the lions spread the wealth. The lions have outscored opponents 308 – 77 so far this season. They have four different players with over 200 rushing yards each, as well as KJ Hamler leading the team in receptions with 620 yards and 8 touchdowns. Penn State will have a one of the toughest ends to the season, but there even if they lose one game, there is still a solid chance they make the playoffs.

 

 

 

With seven current undefeated teams, these college football playoffs rankings would have been hard to decide, but these four teams are definitely the best teams in college football right now. These positions are certain to be shaken up as LSU plays Alabama this weekend, and Penn State and Ohio State play each other in the near future.

 

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