College Football Playoff: Which Teams Are Staying or Going?
This Tuesday, the NCAA's College Football Playoff Selection Committee released its second installment of Playoff rankings. Basically, only one thing changed from Week 9 to Week 10's edition. The Texas A&M Aggies lost their second game of the year and consequently slid from number four to number eight.
Every team previously at spots five through eight jumped up one spot apiece. That means that the Washington Huskies went from fifth to fourth, while the Ohio State Buckeyes and Louisville Cardinals round out the top six. The top three of Alabama, Clemson and Michigan remained in tact.
Whether you're a team solidly in the top three for the second straight week or one on the outside looking in at the top four, everyone has the same goal in mind: get to the Playoff.
How can each team do that? How can the top four maintain? How can Ohio State and Louisville punch a ticket to the final four?
Here, I will be using our in-house metric, nERD, which indicates the number of points we would expect that team to win by against an average collegiate team on a neutral field.