Welcome to the first edition of College Football Bracketometry! Bracketometry has been successfully bringing you accurate College Basketball projections since 2017, so we figured why not branch out to College Football as well? Given that the committee doesn't release their rankings until deep into the season, Bracketometry will now be your go to stop to see what we project the committee's top 4 and beyond would look like each week until then!
CFB Playoff Projected Field
The Top 4
Alabama: Projected #1 Seed
-Last season the Crimson Tide managed to turn what was shaping up to be one of their worst seasons in years into an SEC Championship and yet another National Championship appearance. With Heisman winner Bryce Young back and a loaded recruiting class there's no reason they can't take the next step and bring yet another trophy back home to Tuscaloosa.
Georgia: Projected #3 Seed
-The Bulldogs lost a lot of talent to the NFL Draft, so don't expect the defensive juggernaut of last season, but they still boast on of the better rosters in the country, and may be the only team that can challenge Alabama in the SEC. We're projecting them and Bama to both make the playoff, but if they aren't quite on the Tide's level this season they better go undefeated in the regular season to feel good about their chances.
The First Four Out
Ohio State: Projected #2 Seed
-Look for the Buckeyes to storm back into the national title race this year. With Michigan set to take a step back this season (and their head to head being in Columbus) there's no reason the Buckeyes shouldn't roll through the Big 10. Their season opener against Notre Dame is a must win though, they can't have an Oregon situation from last season again.
Clemson: Projected #4 Seed
-The Tigers should be the class of the ACC and cruise into a playoff spot with the talent they have... but that was the case last season as well and they weren't even close. The big question for them lies at QB, if D.J. Uiagalelei can make the leap to a top tier starting quarterback then expect Clemson to be back challenging for a title, if not, it may be a repeat of last year in Death Valley.
-Lincoln Riley has already seemingly turned the Trojans into a contender before even coaching his first game in Southern Cal. A flurry of transfer portal moves including star QB Caleb Williams following Riley from Oklahoma to USC has the Trojans primed to win the Pac-12 and maybe more. The Pac-12 is no cakewalk for the first time in a while though, and their tough schedule keeps them just out of the projected playoff.
-Right behind USC sits the team Lincoln Riley left them for. Despite losing their coach and several players due to transfers, the Sooners remain a largely skilled group favored to win the Big 12. They could see a tougher challenge from Texas this season than last, but until the Longhorns truly show they are back, and with OSU losing a lot of talent, the Sooners are the team to beat.
-Part of what's keeping USC from being ahead of Clemson is the other serious playoff contender in their conference, the reigning Pac-12 champion Utes. Utah brings back much of their roster that went toe to toe with Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, and if USC has any growing pains under their new regime Utah will be sure to pounce. A tricky non-conference game at Florida could crush their playoff hopes early though.
-The Wolverines look to be a far cry from last year's Big 10 Champions, but it would be crazy to think that the Big 10 wont put a team into this season's playoff, and despite taking a bit of a step back Michigan is still clearly the second best team in the Big 10. (Sorry Wisconsin.) If Ohio State has another relatively down season look for Michigan to capitalize and turn that into another playoff birth.
Also in Consideration
The Next 8 Out