We’re still a few weeks away from getting a sneak peek at the first edition of the 2021 college football qualifying standings, but we like to take a look at what they might look like each week on our own.

There still aren’t a ton of games to assess teams, but we’re starting to get a better idea of ​​which teams will be in the mix. There is still time for teams to fall off a cliff and others to get back up, but more or less most of what you will see in the top ten will be the teams competing for those coveted four places in the CFP. .

So based on another crazy week, we’re playing the CFP Committee and trying to figure out what the top ten might have looked like after week 5. Here we go…


Ohio State Buckeyes (4-1)

Ohio State Buckeyes running back TreVeyon Henderson (32) kicks the ball during the first quarter of an NCAA Division I football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Reason for classification

Ohio State looks like a team on the rise, and you can argue that the Buckeyes could be higher here based on the eye test and game control over the past two weeks. However, the loss to Oregon and the struggling defense still weigh on the ability to be ranked higher for the time being. But watch out for the future.


Oregon Ducks (4-1)

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Oregon running back CJ Verdell passes Ohio State safety Bryson Shaw (17) and cornerback Cameron Brown (26) for a 77-yard touchdown on Saturday. Verdell scored two touchdowns. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Reason for classification

I don’t know if Oregon would beat Ohio State if the game was played today, but the reality is the Ducks did and still have that win on the resume. As such, the CFP committee would most likely have taken this into account as a one-on-one and put Oregon ahead of OSU.


Kentucky Wild Cats (5-0)

October 27, 2018; Columbia, Missouri, United States; A general view of a Kentucky Wildcats helmet during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Memorial Stadium / Faurot Field. Kentucky won 15-14. Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Reason for classification

The combination of Kentucky’s victory over a Florida team that enabled Alabama to convert two points, added to an unbeaten 5-0 record, would have propelled the Wildcats into the top ten. This is really the only catchy result on the program, but it is a big result.


Michigan Wolverine (5-0)

October 2, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, United States; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh walks the field during a warm-up before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Reason for classification

Despite some of the challenges we’ve seen from Michigan at certain points in games, the Wolverines still go undefeated and have appeared to do well. Being undefeated in the Big Ten, but without a decisive victory, leaves Michigan pretty much here.


Oklahoma Sooners (5-0)

OU’s Jadon Haselwood (11) and Spencer Rattler (7) celebrate after a touchdown in a 76-0 win over Western Carolina on Saturday night in Norman. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Reason for classification

Oklahoma didn’t look as impressive as many would have thought or liked, but the Sooners are still undefeated, and the brand has always played well with the CFP committee. We’ll know more about Oklahoma later, but the Big 12 doesn’t seem to have a beast this year.


Cincinnati Bearcats (4-0)

Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell leads the Cincinnati Bearcats onto the field to warm up before the NCAA football game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Murray State Racers on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at the Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Reason for classification

Like it or not, Cincinnati is a real player now in the college football playoff race after beating a beloved Notre Dame team in South Bend. The Bearcats might still need a little help getting into the party, but this might be the year the invitation is in the envelope ready to send. If you think the Irish were in the top ten teams, then Cincy has one of the biggest wins of the year in college football. But, that’s why we let it unfold.


Penn State Nittany Lions (5-0)

October 2, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, United States; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) runs with the ball during the third quarter against the Indiana Hoosiers at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Indiana 24-0. Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Reason for classification

Given that it’s still pretty early in the year, Penn State has some wins that would have played well for the committee. The victory over an SEC classified team in Auburn, as well as the road victory in Wisconsin, still holds water for now due to the environment and defense. Obviously, the Nittany Lions have a big opportunity ahead of them this weekend against Iowa.


Iowa Hawkeyes (5-0)

Iowa freshman Keagan Johnson (No.6, left) celebrates with teammates after scoring a second quarter touchdown against Colorado State at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Reason for classification

It’s not hard to see why Iowa is ranked so well. The defense was from another world by imposing errors on the opponents. The offense may not feature laser light shows, but it compliments the defense. The Hawkeyes’ worst performances were two ten-point wins over Colorado State and Iowa State. Other than that, they look fantastic.


Georgia Bulldogs (5-0)

Sep 25, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, United States; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) runs the ball during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium. Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Reason for classification

Georgia have had the best defense in the country so far, and it’s hard to imagine a team scoring too many points against the Bulldogs. Clemson’s win at the start of the year doesn’t look so good anymore, but taking a really good Arkansas team behind the stake and dominating everyone does it.


Crimson Tide in Alabama (5-0)

January 1, 2020; Orlando, Florida, United States; Alabama Crimson Tide mascot Big Al entertains fans before the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Camping World Stadium. Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Reason for classification

Alabama may be young, but Tide still has a lot of talent with extremely impressive performances. There was fear against Florida, but everything else marked the Crimson Tide dynasty again.

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