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Wayne Staats | | December 8, 2019

College Football Playoff rankings predictions: Final Top 25

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Here are predictions of how the final College Football Playoff rankings could look on Sunday, Dec. 8. Ohio State controlled the second half to get by Wisconsin, but could LSU jump to No. 1? GBFor reference, here is the current Top 25.

The committee will reveal the final Top 25 starting at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 8 on ESPN. You can get an overview of the committee's process right here on the official site.

College Football Playoff rankings predictions: Final Top 25 projections

NOTE: This is how I think the committee could rank the teams this Sunday, Dec. 8. Click or tap here for the actual rankings as they're revealed.

  1. LSU (13-0):¬†The Tigers put together a perfect closing statement in crushing Georgia 37-10 to win the SEC. That might be enough to move to No. 1 ‚ÄĒ even with¬†Ohio State winning the Big Ten.
  2. Ohio State (13-0): The Buckeyes trailed by 14 at the half but turned into a force in the second half to win by 13. Is that enough to hold off LSU for the No. 1 spot?
  3. Clemson (13-0): Another game, another Clemson romp. Trevor Lawrence had 302 passing yards and four scores through the air while Travis Etienne had 114 yards and a touchdown on the ground in the 62-17 win vs. Virginia.
  4. Oklahoma (12-1): It was a wild one, but OU did what it needed to do and defeated Baylor in OT to win the Big 12. That looks to be enough to return to the College Football Playoff.
  5. Georgia (11-2): UGA should remain the second-highest SEC team in the rankings, meaning the Bulldogs will be going to the Sugar Bowl. Though Georgia lost in a blowout, it does have wins against Florida, Auburn and Notre Dame.
  6. Oregon (11-2): The Ducks looked great in winning the Pac-12 and beating what was No. 5 Utah by 22 points. Now Oregon is smelling roses.
  7. Baylor (11-2): The Bears had a remarkable season, but two heartbreaking losses to Oklahoma ended their CFP hopes.
  8. Florida (10-2): The Gators could move up a spot or two depending on how much the committee drops Utah and Wisconsin.
  9. Wisconsin (10-3): The Badgers had a 14-point lead against Ohio State at the end of the first half. Even though they couldn't hold on, they could still be going to the Rose Bowl with OSU set for the CFP.
  10. Penn State (10-2): The committee has been higher on Penn State than the AP or Coaches Polls. The Nittany Lions hope to get to the Rose Bowl, but they will need Wisconsin to take a tumble in the Top 25.
  11. Auburn (9-3): The Tigers moved up four spots after beating Alabama. They should land close to the top 10 again.
  12. Utah (11-2): The Utes had a chance to make the CFP, but now they won't even go to the Rose Bowl after losing to Oregon.
  13. Alabama (10-2): The Tide appear to be out of a New Year's Six spot.
  14. Michigan (9-3): The Wolverines should still be going to a solid bowl, though yet another blowout loss to rival Ohio State leaves a sour taste.
  15. Notre Dame (10-2): The Irish rebounded nicely since losing big to rival Michigan.
  16. Memphis (12-1): The Tigers beat Cincinnati the last two weeks to win the AAC and should be Cotton Bowl-bound.
  17. Iowa (9-3): Three close defeats might have some thinking "what if?" But the Hawkeyes can claim the crucial win against Minnesota when the Gophers were undefeated.
  18. Minnesota (10-2): The Gophers will be one of the more intriguing teams for bowl season. Can Minnesota surprise again?
  19. Boise State (12-1): The Broncos impressed with a 21-point win against Hawai'i, but Memphis' win in the AAC will be sending the Tigers to a New Year's Six game.
  20. Appalachian State (12-1): The Mountaineers were up 25 but had to hang on with a 45-38 win against Louisiana. Appalachian State might fall just short of making a New Year's Six game.
  21. Southern California (8-4): The Trojans didn't get the Utah upset loss to make the Pac-12 title game, but high-scoring USC should make for a fun bowl foe.
  22. Cincinnati (10-3): The Bearcats kept it close right to the end and shouldn't drop too much.
  23. Navy (9-2): The Midshipmen don't play next until December 14 against rival Army.
  24. Oklahoma State (8-4): The Cowboys couldn't keep pace with Oklahoma in Bedlam.
  25. Virginia (9-4): The Cavaliers hope to play in the Orange Bowl even after losing to Clemson by 45.

College Football Playoff rankings predictions: Semifinals

Here's how I think the final CFP rankings will look.

  • No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma¬†(Peach Bowl)
  • No. 2 Ohio State¬†vs. No. 3 Clemson¬†(Fiesta Bowl)

Ohio State might be No. 1 going into the conference title games, but a gigantic LSU win against Georgia makes things interesting for the top spot, especially with Ohio State needing to rally in the second half to beat Wisconsin by 11 for the Big Ten crown.

Going into the week, there were going to be some big questions for No. 4. But Oklahoma's OT win against Baylor in the Big 12 title game combined with Georgia's blowout loss to LSU should be enough to give the Sooners the No. 4 ranking and a spot in the semifinals.

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College Football Playoff rankings predictions: New Year's Six games

This is what I think the games and matchups will be at season's end when they're announced on Sunday.

  • Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Baylor
  • Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Oregon
  • Orange Bowl: Florida vs. Virginia
  • Cotton Bowl:¬†Penn State vs. Memphis
  • Peach Bowl (semifinal): No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
  • Fiesta Bowl (semifinal): No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
  • National Championship Game: No. 1 LSU vs. No. 3 Clemson

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