Projecting this week’s College Football Playoff Rankings

10 weeks of college football have come and gone in 2021 and although plenty of the preseason favorites have played at or close enough to their preseason expectations to be in the thick of the race (looking at you Georgia, Alabama, Oregon, and Ohio State) for the College Football Playoff, several have not (what’s up Clemson, Florida, Iowa State, and plenty of others?)

What will the second week of the College Football Playoff rankings look like after eight ranked teams fell this past weekend?

Kirk Herbstreit shared his new top-six on Sunday and despite ESPN’s College Gameday being at Cincinnati this past weekend for their homecoming game, Herbstreit dropped them from his top-six after he ranked them fifth a week ago.

That’s only one man’s opinion but it seems like Cincinnati was one of the biggest losers of the weekend despite being victorious. With all of that in mind here is my best guess at what the next set of rankings will look like when they’re revealed on Tuesday night:

25-21:

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Projection:
25. Purdue
24. San Diego State
23. Penn State
22. Kentucky
21. Mississippi State

Minnesota (previously 20) and Fresno State (23) fall out and are replaced by a pair of Big Ten teams because, why wouldn’t they be? Purdue has two wins over ranked opponents to their names after knocking off Michigan State and them being ranked also helps the committee justify Ohio State’s ranking later on. As does Penn State who reenters after improving to 6-3 with a win over Maryland. UTSA should be ranked as they’re now 9-0 but if they weren’t last week why should I think they will be this week?

20-16:

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Projection:
20. Pitt
19. Iowa
18. Auburn
17. Wisconsin
16. NC State

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