Published 9:54 AM EDT Sep 24, 2019
It’s hard to believe the college football season is more than a quarter complete. But, yes, life comes at you fast. Four weeks are already in the books and only 11 Saturdays remain until the College Football Playoff field is announced on Dec. 8.
Entering the last weekend of September, the race for the four coveted spots is starting to weed out the pretenders and accentuate the contenders.
Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Ohio State continue to hold their places in this week’s bowl projections with none of the elite quartet being threatened on the field last weekend. (Oklahoma was idle.)
Below the forecasted semifinalists, there were significant changes as the Rose Bowl matchup again was shuffled following a loss by Utah and a major win for Wisconsin. That moved up Oregon and the Badgers to Pasadena and saw the Utes and Penn State drop back.
POWER RANKINGS: ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC
RE-RANK: Alabama drops out of the top three after Georgia moves up
Central Florida will have to make up significant ground to be the Group of Five bowl participant after the Knights saw their 27-game winning streak in the regular season ended by Pittsburgh. That opens the door for Boise State to head to the Cotton Bowl. Virginia manages to maintain the ACC spot reserved for the Orange Bowl, but that hold is tenuous after a narrow defeat of Old Dominion.
A reminder: Some conferences may not fulfill their bowl allotment. Asterisks denote a replacement pick.