Here's what the Allstate Playoff Predictor has to say about the CFP chase after 11 weeks of action.
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Paul Sabin ESPN Analytics
This week's Allstate Playoff Predictor CFP rankings projection (Pct top 4): 1. Ohio State (99) 2. LSU (99) 3. Clemson (98) 4. Penn State (25) 5. Alabama (4) 6. Oregon (13) 7. Minnesota (25) 8. Baylor (33) 9. Georgia (2) 10. Auburn (1)
- Ohio State leads CFP top four of LSU, Bama, PSU
- Clemson DE Thomas to miss third straight game
- Clemson DB won't face more discipline for punch
- Dabo's $9.3M bests Saban for highest CFB pay
There are still many big games left on the schedule, but see how our experts envision the entire bowl season playing out.
The Tigers scored 46 points against Alabama's defense, P.J. Fleck and Minnesota upset Penn State, and a wild Saturday of college football turned normal realities upside down.
Could this really be the first College Football Playoff without the Crimson Tide? And how high can No. 17 Minnesota climb after beating Penn State?
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
LSU ranks first in Strength of Record and it isn't close. An average top-25 team would have had just a 1% chance to be undefeated thus far against LSU's schedule. Meanwhile that seem team would have had a 16% chance to go undefeated vs. Ohio State's schedule, the next best. Among the undefeateds, Clemson had it easiest: an average top 25 team would have had a 29% chance to be 10-0 at this point against the Tigers' schedule.
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
Not only is Alabama very much still alive, but it has the fourth-best chance to reach the CFP and win the national championship, according to the Allstate Playoff Predictor.
The Tigers and Buckeyes could be the nation's best two teams, but Clemson showed it also belongs in the mix.
ESPN reporters make their picks for the College Football Playoff after a wild Week 11 schedule.
Trevor Lawrence threw for two scores and ran for another in a dominating first quarter for fourth-ranked Clemson, which beat North Carolina State 55-10 on Saturday night to clinch a trip to Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Penn State takes on Minnesota, and LSU faces Alabama in battles of 8-0 squads. But the losers won't necessarily be eliminated from the playoff chase.
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast with reactions to the first batch of College Football Playoff rankings and debate whether the Pac-12 teams are properly ranked (7:42). Then, the guys get into Georgia bouncing back against Florida (13:48), Wake Forest's beautiful offense (17:54) and Terrell Lewis as David's Dude of the Week. Next up, Heather Dinich joins the pod from Texas to share her biggest takeaways from the first rankings (31:58), how LSU-Alabama factors into the equation and what Clemson coming in at No. 5 means for the Tigers going forward. Later, Ivan Maisel hops on to discuss why the first ranking resets how we view the college football landscape (41:39), why he doesn't think Florida State is a blue blood, college football turning 150 years old and why the bye week came at a good time for Nick Saban.
The defending national champs and preseason No. 1 Clemson Tigers are undefeated but on the outside of the first College Football Playoff rankings. What does it mean?
Georgia passed a big test, Baylor survived a close call, and Utah and Oregon pulled away in the Pac-12. Here's how the Power 5 conferences stand after Week 10.