Predicting the CFP standings a week away from first release in 2023

In a little bit less than a week, the first official College Football Playoff standings will be released on Halloween night, with the unveiling coming on ESPN at 4 p.m. PT.

No longer will we have to weigh the AP Poll, the US LBM Coaches Poll, a Football Power Index, a Power Rating, and numerous other metrics to try and determine which teams in the nation are the best, and who has the best opportunity to get into the College Football Playoff at the end of the year. We will finally have a clear look and a clear explanation for which teams are viewed as the best in the nation, and who has the clearest path to the playoff.

So what might those rankings look like when they are finally released a week from now, and how similar will they be to the most popular polls that we use each week? It will be interesting to see.

Here’s our projection for what the first CFP poll will look like next week:

Ohio State Buckeyes

Overall Record: 7-0

Best Win: 20-12 vs. No. 7 Penn State

Worst Loss: None

AP Poll Ranking: 3rd

Michigan Wolverines

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Overall Record: 8-0

Best Win: 31-7 vs. Rutgers

Worst Loss: None

AP Poll Ranking: 2nd

Florida State Seminoles

Overall Record: 7-0

Best Win: 45-24 vs. No. 5 LSU

Worst Loss: None

AP Poll Ranking: 4th

Georgia Bulldogs

Overall Record: 7-0

Best Win: 51-13 vs. No. 20 Kentucky

Worst Loss: None

AP Poll Ranking: 1st

Oklahoma Sooners

Overall Record: 7-0

Best Win: 34-30 vs. No. 3 Texas

Worst Loss: None

AP Poll Ranking: 6th

Washington Huskies

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Overall Record: 7-0

Best Win: 36-33 vs. No. 8 Oregon

Worst Loss: None

AP Poll Ranking: 5th

Texas Longhorns

Overall Record: 6-1

Best Win: 34-24 vs. No. 3 Alabama

Worst Loss: 34-30 vs. No. 12 Oklahoma

AP Poll Ranking: 7th

Oregon Ducks

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Overall Record: 6-1

Best Win: 38-24 vs. Washington State

Worst Loss: 36-33 vs. No. 7 Washington

AP Poll Ranking: 8th

Penn State Nittany Lions

Overall Record: 6-1

Best Win: 31-0 vs. No. 24 Iowa

Worst Loss: 20-12 vs. No. 3 Ohio State

AP Poll Ranking: 10th

Alabama Crimson Tide

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Overall Record: 7-1

Best Win: 34-20 vs. No. 17 Tennessee

Worst Loss: 34-24 vs. No. 11 Texas

AP Poll Ranking: 9th

Oregon State Beavers

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Overall Record: 6-1

Best Win: 21-7 vs. No. 10 Utah

Worst Loss: 38-35 vs. No. 21 Washington State

AP Poll Ranking: 11th

Ole Miss Rebels

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Overall Record: 6-1

Best Win: 55-49 vs. No. 13 LSU

Worst Loss: 24-10 vs. No. 13 Alabama

AP Poll Ranking: 12th

Utah Utes

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Overall Record: 6-1

Best Win: 34-32 vs. No. 18 USC

Worst Loss: 21-7 vs. No. 19 Oregon State

AP Poll Ranking: 13th

LSU Tigers

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Overall Record: 6-2

Best Win: 49-39 vs. No. 21 Missouri

Worst Loss: 45-24 vs. No. 8 Florida State

AP Poll Ranking: 15th

Missouri Tigers

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Overall Record: 7-1

Best Win: 38-21 vs. No. 24 Kentucky

Worst Loss: 49-39 vs. No. 23 LSU

AP Poll Ranking: 16th

Louisville Cardinals

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Overall Record: 6-1

Best Win: 33-20 vs. No. 10 Notre Dame

Worst Loss: 38-21 vs. Pitt

AP Poll Ranking: 18th

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Overall Record: 6-2

Best Win: 48-20 vs. No. 10 USC

Worst Loss: 33-20 vs. No. 25 Louisville

AP Poll Ranking: 14th

North Carolina Tar Heels

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Overall Record: 6-1

Best Win: 41-31 vs. No. 25 Miami

Worst Loss: 31-27 vs. Virginia

AP Poll Ranking: 17th

UCLA Bruins

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Overall Record: 5-2

Best Win: 25-17 vs. No. 13 Washington State

Worst Loss: 36-24 vs. No. 16 Oregon State

AP Poll Ranking: 23rd

Air Force Falcons

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Overall Record: 7-0

Best Win: 34-27 vs. Wyoming

Worst Loss: None

AP Poll Ranking: 19th

Duke Blue Devils

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Overall Record: 5-2

Best Win: 28-7 vs. No. 9 Clemson

Worst Loss: 21-14 vs. No. 11 Notre Dame

AP Poll Ranking: 20th

Tulane Green Wave

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Overall Record: 6-1

Best Win: 31-21 vs. Memphis

Worst Loss: 37-20 vs. No. 20 Ole Miss

AP Poll Ranking: 22nd

Tennessee Volunteers

Overall Record: 5-2

Best Win: 20-13 vs. Texas A&M

Worst Loss: 29-16 vs. Florida

AP Poll Ranking: 21st

USC Trojans

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Overall Record: 6-2

Best Win: 43-41 vs. Arizona (3OT)

Worst Loss: 48-20 vs. No. 21 Notre Dame

AP Poll Ranking: 24th

Iowa Hawkeyes

Overall Record: 6-2

Best Win: 15-6 vs. Wisconsin

Worst Loss: 12-10 vs. Minnesota

AP Poll Ranking: N/A

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