The final College Football Playoff rankings are out and it’s sure to cause a great debate behind Alabama and Clemson getting the top two spots.
As usual, the College Football Playoff rankings are going to generate a lot of talk for the next week but there was little drama after the games on Saturday. There was a little bit of suspense after Notre Dame was exposed vs. Clemson in the ACC Championship Game and whether they’d drop from No. 2 to out of the top four. I think that would have been a little harsh to basically forget about them beating Clemson earlier this year, even if they were without Trevor Lawrence in that game.
Texas A&M had a case to be made as a one-loss team from the SEC and their lone loss coming against the No. 1 team in the country. With a win against Florida, they have a quality win on their side but Florida losing their last two games hurt their case a bit. Ultimately, when your biggest argument is you got boat-raced by Alabama, that doesn’t entice the committee to set up a rematch with that team in the Sugar Bowl.
So with Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame in, that leaves Ohio State as the team with the most attention on them. The Buckeyes capped off their regular season with a 22-10 win over Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game. It didn’t come with a lot of style points but Ohio State is 6-0 and there’s no way an undefeated Ohio State Big Ten champ is being left out.
Cincinnati and Coastal Carolina finished undefeated but got less respect than Rodney Dangerfield. Big 12 champion Oklahoma finished as strong as any team not named Alabama or Clemson but their two losses sunk their Sooner Schooner.
When the final College Football Playoff rankings were revealed, it ended up being the four teams we all anticipated after the first reveal.
2020 College Football Playoff rankings
3. Ohio State
4. Notre Dame
5. Texas A&M
10. Iowa State
12. Coastal Carolina
13. North Carolina
21. Oklahoma State
22. San Jose State
23. NC State
The Rose Bowl Game will be played at 5:00 p.m. ET from AT&T Stadium on Jan. 1 between Alabama and Notre Dame followed by the Sugar Bowl at 8:45 p.m. ET between Clemson and Ohio State. Both games are on ESPN. The CFP National Championship Game will be on Monday, Jan. 11 from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.