CFB Playoff Predictions

November 17, 2021

By: Carlos Alvarez

Good Morning,

The College Football Playoff picture is firming up, but don’t expect a lack of chaos down the stretch. Can the Top-4 hold the line? Or will Cincinnati and a handful of one-loss contenders sway the committee?

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CFB Playoff: Top 7 Unchanged


Latest College Football Rankings Set the Stage for Playoffs


The next rendition of the College Football Playoff Rankings is here, and the stage is set for the Top-4 to control their own destiny. Georgia, Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State remain in poll position, but the Ducks and Buckeyes have tough tests ahead. Georgia and Alabama are on a collision course for the SEC title game, which could create an opportunity for undefeated Cincinnati to jump a two-loss Alabama. Overall, the Top-7 remain the same as last week. Here’s where they stand.


College Football Playoff Rankings

1. Georgia (10-0)

2. Alabama (9-1)

3. Oregon (9-1)

4. Ohio State (9-1)

5. Cincinnati (10-0)

6. Michigan (9-1)

7. Michigan State (9-1)

8. Notre Dame (9-1)

9. Oklahoma State (9-1)

10. Wake Forest (9-1)


Full CFB Playoff Rankings


The Sportsletter\’s Playoff Prediction

With only two undefeated teams and a lengthy list of 9-1 teams, The Sportsletter team sees a path for Cincinnati and either Michigan or Michigan State to jump into the playoff. Alabama (9-1) could become a two-loss team if they fall to Georgia in the SEC finale. Ohio State finishes out the regular season with No. 7 Michigan State and on the road at the Big House against No. 6 Michigan.


Our Playoff Picks: Georgia (1), Oregon (2), Cincinnati (3), Michigan (4)


Additional Storylines

ESPN: No Change Atop CFB Rankings, But Expect Chaos Ahead

CBS Sports: Top Seven Hold in CFB Playoff Rankings as Notre Dame Inches Up, Oklahoma Tumbles



Kapler & Cash Named Top Managers


Gabe Kapler (Giants) & Kevin Cash (Rays) Earn MLB Manager of the Year Awards


It wasn’t the Giants or Rays who reached the Fall Classic, but the managers of the two teams with the best record in both the NL and AL are taking home the Manager of the Year hardware. Gabe Kapler led the Giants to a league-high 107 wins while Kevin Cash led the Rays to 100 wins. Kapler was a near consensus winner (28 of 30 first-place votes), Cash garnered 19 first-place votes to secure his second consecutive Manager of the Year honors.


NL Voting Results

1. Gabe Kapler (Giants)

2. Craig Counsell (Brewers)

3. Mike Shildt (Cardinals) —


AL Voting Results

1. Kevin Cash (Rays)

2. Scott Servais (Mariners)

3. Dusty Baker (Astros)


MLB Awards Week Schedule

Wednesday: Cy Young Winners

Thursday: MVP Winners


Additional Storylines

MLB: Kapler & Cash Named Top Managers of 2021 MLB Season

NBC Sports: Gabe Kapler Shares What Stood Out in Stunning Giants Season




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The USMNT suffered a disappointing draw with Jamaica in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier (1-1). Timothy Weah scored the opening goal (11’) before Jamaica answered in the 22nd minute. Canada (16 points) now leads the USA (15 points) in the CONCACAF standings.


\"🏀\" NCAAB: #4 Michigan Gets Upset by Seton Hall

The biggest upset of the college basketball season took place last night in Ann Arbor when Seton Hall buried a number of key free throws down the stretch to stun 4th-ranked Michigan (67-65).



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