FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2018 file photo Charley Green buffs the NCAA college football championship trophy before a coaches news conference in Atlanta. The College Football Playoff selection committee begins its fifth season Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 of presenting weekly rankings and if form holds two schools in the first top four will go on to play in the semifinals. The usefulness of the committee’s work and the nationally televised reveal is debatable. But what if anything can be learned from the first four years of CFP rankings? Of the 16 teams the committee ranked in the top four of its initial rankings from 2014-17, half made the playoff. (AP Photo/David Goldman, file)

AP Top 25 Podcast: Playoff race hits full stride Saturday

October 31, 2018 - 9:10 am

The College Football Playoff rankings are out, heading into the biggest weekend of the season so far.

On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , Dennis Dodd, national college football writer for CBS Sports, joins Ralph Russo to breakdown where the playoff race is headed. What teams control their paths to the CFP semifinals and which ones have less room for error? Why would the Big Ten be better off if Michigan wins out than Ohio State? Can Washington State work the Pac-12 back into the mix? And does Central Florida have any shot to even get into the selection committee's conversation?

Also, Gary Danielson of CBS joins the show. He will be on the call Saturday night for Alabama at LSU. How can the Tigers pull the upset?


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