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Sooners crack Berry Tramel’s top 10; Notre Dame stays No. 1

Only one Saturday left before the College Football Playoff committee shows us how it’s thinking. The committee will unveil its rankings next week, on Tuesday night, but if the committee has been paying attention, I’ve been shining a light on the voters’ path.

Remember, the committee is commissioned to pick the four best teams and should base that on what teams have done. Who have they played? Where have they played? What were the result? The committee should not consider style points or style of play. It should not even look at statistics. It does, of course, because that’s the committee has some god-like characteristics. But it shouldn’t.

This is the way it should rank teams. And here’s how I rank the teams after eight weeks.

1. Notre Dame 7-0: That victory over Michigan is looking better and better.

2. LSU 7-1: Why the Tigers over unbeaten Alabama? A jam-packed resume’.  A home win over Ole Miss is just LSU’s fifth-best win. Bama has only two wins better, and neither are much better (home over Texas A&M, at Ole Miss).

3. Alabama 8-0: The Crimson Tide has a relatively soft schedule, but Bama has won three SEC road games and hasn’t come close to coming close to losing.

4. Texas 6-1: Lots of meat on the Bevo bone. Wins over OU, Southern Cal, TCU.

5. Michigan 7-1: Nice back-to-back wins – a rout of Wisconsin and a 14-point win at Michigan State.

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