College Football Playoff rankings: Kirk Herbstreit releases new top 4

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ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit released his latest College Football Playoff projections on Twitter following Week 10.

No surprise, it features four unbeatens.

Here is Herbstreit’s latest playoff foursome: Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Washington.

Earlier in the week, Herbstreit said that Clemson was the best football team in the country. They put on a strong showing yesterday against beating ACC foe Syracuse, 54-0. Syracuse was 4-4 and 2-2 in conference play leading into the game, so it’s not as if the Tigers beat up on a team that is full of scrubs and gets pounded every week.

Are they the best team in the country though? Yesterday would have been a good way to make the case if it weren’t for Alabama shutting down a very good LSU football team on primetime television. The Crimson Tide beat the Tigers 10-0 in a game that was scoreless heading into the fourth quarter. Nick Saban’s defense was relentless and held potential top five pick in next year’s draft Leonard Fournette to just 35 yards on 17 touches.

The combination of Jabrill Peppers and Jim Harbaugh has Michigan looking like a force this season. They beat Rutgers 77-0 earlier in the season, and doled out another walloping this week against an overwhelmed Maryland Terrapins team; 59-3. They play Ohio State at the end of the season which will be their toughest challenge on their regular season.

The only team that might prove to be a pretender are the Washington Huskies. The Huskies aren’t a traditional football powerhouse and their success is a small surprise. They beat Utah by only seven points two weeks ago in what was their closest game of the season. They face a poor USC team, Arizona State and Washington State the rest of the way, all games that a College Football Playoff contender should handle with relative ease.

The Huskies might win out, but only time will tell if they are on par with one of the other squads on this list.

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