Fourth College Football Playoff Rankings for 2016 released

The list of teams with a shot at college football's final four shrinks.

College Football Playoff Rankings

Team

Record

Outlook

1

Alabama

11-0

Can split its next two games with Auburn & Florida and still make playoffs.

2

Ohio St.

10-1

Beat Michigan at home and Ohio State is in the playoff.

3

Michigan

10-1

Relying on a backup QB to win in Columbus and stay in the Top 4.

4

Clemson

10-1

Can’t afford a loss Saturday vs. S. Carolina, or in the ACC Championship.

5

Washington

10-1

Will UW vault the Ohio St./Michigan loser if it wins at WSU Friday?

6

Wisconsin

9-2

A win against Minnesota and in the B1G title game could get them in the final four.

7

Penn State

9-2

Still have an outside shot at the playoffs, but must beat Michigan State Saturday.

8

Oklahoma

9-2

Plan is to beat Oklahoma St. and root against Washington, Ohio St. and Wisconsin.

9

Colorado

9-2

Will win Pac-12 South by beating Utah in Boulder.

10

Oklahoma State

9-2

A win at Oklahoma will reopen the debate about their controversial first ‘loss’.

11

Louisville

9-2

Beating Kentucky would boost the Cards’ Orange Bowl hopes.

12

USC

8-3

The team no one wants to play right now hosts reeling Notre Dame.

13

Auburn

8-3

Enters the Iron Bowl as a 20-point underdog.

14

Fla. St.

8-3

Can win 4th straight mythical ‘state championship’ by beating Florida.

15

Florida

8-2

Visits Florida State Saturday with a trip to the SEC Championship already booked.

16

Nebraska

8-2

Starting QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. won’t play in regular season finale at Iowa.

17

Tennessee

8-3

’Life Championship’ secured, Vols travel to Vanderbilt

18

WVU

8-2

Mountaineers have two regular season games left: @Iowa St., Baylor

19

Boise St.

10-1

Needs a win at Air Force and a Wyoming loss to make the MWC title game.

20

Houston

9-2

Back into the rankings after a convincing win over Louisville.

21

W. Michigan

11-0

Completes a perfect season with a home win against 9-2 Toledo on Friday.

22

Utah

8-3

If Utah beats Colorado, USC advances to the Pac-12 Championship game.

23

Wash. St.

8-3

Wins the Pac-12 North with an upset of Washington Friday in Pullman.

24

Stanford

8-3

Hosting Rice all but assures the Cardinal of a 9-win season

25

Navy

8-2

Jumps into the top 25


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