College Football Playoff Power Rankings After Week Nine

David Hookstead | Contributor

Another week of college football is finally over, and it was one for the ages.

Here is the playoff picture as it’s shaping up after week nine. (SLIDESHOW: Get College Football Started Right With These Top 25 Ranked Cheerleaders)

1) Michigan

The Wolverines beat up on Michigan State 32-23 in a game that many people expected to be one of the best games of the year at the start of the season. Michigan continued to do what they do every week, and that’s wear teams down on defense and pound the ball on offense. What is perhaps most impressive about Michigan is the fact their defense is wildly ahead of every other team in the country. It’s almost laughable how much it’s statistically better than the second best defense in America.

2) Alabama

The Crimson Tide were on a bye week and have a showdown with LSU this upcoming Saturday. It should be a game for the ages.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 15: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

3) Clemson

Clemson beat Florida State in a barn burner 37-34. Quarterback DeShaun Watson threw for 378 yards and two touchdowns while adding 52 yards on the ground. Clemson has played through the toughest part of its schedule and came out unbeaten. Clemson is primed for a position in the playoffs.

4) Washington

The Huskies beat the last tough team remaining on their schedule when they slipped past Utah 31-24. Running back Myles Gaskin ran for 151 yards with a touchdown, and quarterback Max Browning chipped in 186 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

Washington Huskies (Credit: Getty Images/George Frey)

Washington Huskies (Credit: Getty Images/George Frey)

5) Ohio State

It is highly likely at least one team with a loss will get into the playoffs, and Ohio State has the best shot because if they beat Michigan and win out. The Buckeyes didn’t play great in their win against Northwestern, but a win over Nebraska will have them primed for a top-five showdown with Michigan to end the season.

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