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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.