The first ever college football playoffs rankings were released earlier today. Here's a breakdown on the 4 teams for this week. Understand that this will change week to week.
1. Mississippi State: The Bulldogs (and the cowbells) are on fire. Undefeated, Dak Prescott in the Heisman talks, and competing in a tough SEC West. They have to wait until the last 3 weeks for their toughest tests: week 11 at Alabama, and week 13 against in-state rival Ole Miss. Should they lose one of those two games mentioned, I still think they'll make it. But if they lose to anyone else, I would say they're done.
2. Florida State: Kudos to the Seminoles for staying in the top 5 (again), but I'm concerned personally about this team and the off the field issues. Jameis Winston won't win the Heisman, the voters don't like what he's done this season (screaming expletives at the student center, autographs for money, and sexual assault case against him). The ACC is a weak conference, but Louisville comes in on Thursday, so if the Noles lose to the Cards, then it's all up in the air from here on out.
3. Auburn: Like I said above, the SEC West is a tough division. The winner of that division (provided they win the SEC Championship) will go to the playoffs. Auburn is a good team, their only loss coming to now #1 Miss. St. But they have a tough road, with Ole Miss, Alabama, and Georgia in their way. If the tigers want to clinch a spot, I believe they need to win out in the division and play in the SEC Championship game.
4. Ole Miss: The Rebels were a team of destiny (keyword: WERE). They lost a heartbreaker in Death Valley (LSU), who's tough to beat at home. Again a member of the SEC West, this is another team that needs to win out. But they have a match this Saturday against #3 Auburn, and the winner i'm sure will move on, while the loser will be eliminated (you can't have a two-loss team in the inaugural playoffs unless everyone starts choking). Bo Wallace will need to go beast mode on the Tigers stingy defense this week.