The college football odds makers are busy setting lines for not only next week but keeping an eye on which schools will be summoned by the playoff committee. Let's analyze the schools.
1. Clemson (9-0 SU, 5-4 ATS) - The Tigers did exactly what the college football odds makers figured they would do and defeated their closest rivals in the ACC by 10 points. However, if you got to the party late and bet them close to kickoff then you most likely laid 11 or even 12 in your college football picks. That would have turned a push into a loss as the Tigers defeated the Seminoles 23-13 to keep their top spot in the nation safe.
2. Alabama (8-1 SU, 4-5 ATS) - The Tide rolled on Saturday night as they handled their business with LSU and proved that despite their stunning loss to Ole Miss in Week 3 they absolutely belong in the playoff conversation. It was another fine performance for the Crimson Tide defense and a serviceable effort by the offense. When the dust settled in Tuscaloosa the Tide had tamed the Tigers 30-16 and easily covered the seven-point impost.
3. Ohio State (9-0 SU, 3-6 ATS) - The Coach's poll and AP poll have the Buckeyes ranked first and second respectively but I highly doubt they would be so generous if they had bet on them on Saturday when they defeated Minnesota at home by the score of 28-14. Personally I wasn't impressed and neither were those who laid 23 points and watched their bet go up in flames. That was not the dominant effort of a number one team which is why I, and the college football power rankings, have them third.
4. Oklahoma State (9-0 SU, 5-3-1 ATS) - The Cowboys may not be in anyone else's college football playoff picture but they sit undefeated as of this writing and positively throttled the previously ranked 5th team in the nation TCU by the score of 49-29 on Saturday. Now the case is obviously being made that their strength of schedule doesn't measure up but their date with Big 12 rivals Baylor and Oklahoma will tell the tale soon enough.
5. Baylor (8-0 SU, 4-4 ATS) - The Bears have been a juggernaut this season piling up startling numbers...until this past Saturday. It was a rather pedestrian performance they put forth in their first lackluster win of the season when they defeated the toothless Wildcats of Kansas State 31-24 and never came close to covering as 17 point road favorites. Yet they remain undefeated and the triumvirate of Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Baylor will all knock heads within the next three weeks to sort it all out.
6. Notre Dame (8-1 SU, 7-2 ATS) - The Fighting Irish have one lone blemish on the season and that was a 24-22 road loss to the No. 12 team in the country at the time. That team happened to be Clemson and there's no shame in losing to the best especially when you give them their toughest battle of the season and do so in their own playground. Notre Dame rang up a 42-30 win over the Panthers in Pittsburgh and covered the nine-point spread this past Saturday.
7. Iowa (9-0 SU, 6-3 ATS) - The Hawkeyes are turning heads this season and are undefeated as of this writing. The problem is that the people who vote on such things are asking "Who have they played?" It's a feasible question as Wisconsin and Northwestern are the only schools they have faced that were ranked in the top 25 when they played. Iowa narrowly covered the seven-point spread this past week when they defeated Indiana 35-27.