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College Football Playoff Rankings Released

The SEC west dominates, but you knew that already.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest takeaway is that the SEC, and the SEC west in particular are our not so benevolent overlords. 5 teams from the SEC West in the top 25 including three of the four playoff participants. That would seem to be a bit unfair, but the SEC West is a pit of vipers, and they deserve every bit of respect that they are getting in this process.

For the Bearcats there are two points of interest in this, one is Ohio State who is hovering around the 15 mark. The other is ECU. The Pirates are the Bearcats last chance to impress outside observers before going into the darkness of the off season and more than likely being forgotten by everyone. ECU is the toughest team left on the schedule, but they are a team that UC can beat if their current run of form holds through the Tulane game and the bye week.

Rank Team Conference Toughest opponent left (per F/+) If the season ended today ...
1 Mississippi State SEC Ole Miss Sugar Bowl vs. Ole Miss
2 Florida State ACC Louisville Rose Bowl vs. Auburn
3 Auburn SEC Ole Miss Rose Bowl vs. Florida State
4 Ole Miss SEC Auburn Sugar Bowl vs. Mississippi State
5 Oregon Pac-12 Stanford New Year's bowl
6 Alabama SEC Auburn Orange Bowl*
7 TCU Big 12 Kansas State New Year's bowl
8 Michigan State Big Ten Ohio State New Year's bowl
9 Kansas State Big 12 TCU New Year's bowl
10 Notre Dame Independent Louisville New Year's bowl
11 Georgia SEC Auburn
12 Arizona Pac-12 Arizona State
13 Baylor Big 12 Oklahoma
14 Arizona State Pac-12 Notre Dame
15 Nebraska Big Ten Wisconsin
16 Ohio State Big Ten Michigan State
17 Utah Pac-12 Oregon
18 Oklahoma Big 12 Baylor
19 LSU SEC Alabama
20 West Virginia Big 12 TCU
21 Clemson ACC Georgia Tech Orange Bowl*
22 UCLA Pac-12 Stanford
23 East Carolina American"]">American UCF New Year's bowl*
24 Duke ACC Virginia Tech
25 Louisville ACC Florida State