College Football Playoff Predictions Ahead of Tuesday's Official Reveal

CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 02: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before their game against the Wofford Terriers at Memorial Stadium on November 02, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Wofford v Clemson | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

On Tuesday, the college football playoff committee will unveil their inaugural rankings for the 2019 season, and these rankings will be met with universal acceptance and praise.

Or maybe it's constant bickering and arguing, I always forget which one.

With judgement day looming, here's our best stab at predicting how the committee will rank the best teams in college football.

6. Georgia

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 02: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes during a game against the Georgia Bulldogs on November 02, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Florida v Georgia | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Justin Herbert and Oregon might have one loss against Auburn, but Georgia's wins over two Top 10 teams in Notre Dame and Florida have allowed them to leapfrog the Pac-12's best and take the No. 6 spot. With Jake Fromm playing efficient football and D'Andre Swift leading a powerful running game, Kirby Smart's group have basically secured an SEC East championship and a title game appearance. The voters have been kind to the SEC in recent years, and that trend will continue in '19.

5. Penn State

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates a C.J. Thorpe #69 during a college football game against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on September 27, 2019 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Penn State v Maryland | Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Trace McSorely was never this good. Sean Clifford and the Nittany Lions are rolling along to start the season, with a win over Michigan mixed into their perfect 8-0 start to the season. That unblemished record could disappear after they play Minnesota and Ohio State on the road, but it'd be hard to argue against putting an unbeaten Big Ten team at or near the Top 4 of the playoff rankings, as James Franklin's side has shown they can beat some of the best teams in the land already.

4. Clemson

CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 26: Running back Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers runs the football against the Boston College Eagles during their football game at Memorial Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)
Boston College v Clemson | Mike Comer/Getty Images

Clemson hasn't played much of a schedule (Texas A&M was their toughest game) thanks to the continued mediocrity of the ACC this season, but Trevor Lawrence and the Tigers have blitzed through their slate of games relatively unbothered. With Wake Forest the only team on the schedule that could potentially challenge them, Clemson is expected to win out, which should give the defending champions a spot in the Top 4 and a solid chance to repeat.

3. Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - OCTOBER 19:  Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Tennessee v Alabama | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Crimson Tide's playoff hopes rest squarely on the health of Tua Tagovailoa. If he is healthy and once again back to his Heisman form, then Alabama should be able to take down LSU, reclaim the No. 1 seed in the rankings, and take home another undefeated season and SEC crown. The Tide haven't played a very tough schedule this year for an SEC team, but that will change once they play Auburn and LSU. Given how dominant they've been so far, all signs point to Bama in the Top 4.

2. Ohio State

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 26:  J.K. Dobbins #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Wisconsin v Ohio State | Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Ohio State has played a surprisingly tough schedule, as the likes of Indiana, Cincinnati, and certainly Wisconsin are by no means pushovers. Justin Fields, Chase Young, and JK Dobbins have led the Buckeyes to a dismantling of each of those three teams. With the winner of the Big Ten almost guaranteed a playoff spot, Ryan Day's Buckeyes stand head and shoulders above the rest of the conference. If they beat Penn State in a few weeks, they should wrap up the conference and a spot as one of the four best teams in college football.

1. LSU

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 26: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers celebrates after a touchdown with running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire #22 of the LSU Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Auburn v LSU | Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The only team that has wins against three (at the time) Top 10 teams in Auburn, Texas, and Florida to their name, Joe Burrow and the electric Tigers passing attack have announced that they are every bit as valid a title contender as Alabama is. Burrow's Heisman hopes and Ed Orgeron's playoff dreams could take a massive ding if they fail to beat Alabama this weekend, but the committee put an Alabama team with one loss and no conference title game appearance in the playoff in the past, so the sky shouldn't fall in Baton Rogue if the Tigers lose.