We have reached the midway point in the 2014 College Football season. With so many questions still to be answered, we are also just a few weeks away from learning the first four teams in the initial College Football Playoff Standings. Our projections entering Week 8 have the Mississippi State Bulldogs sitting at No. 1, followed by the Florida State Seminoles at No. 2, the Ole Miss Rebels at No. 3 and the Baylor Bears at No. 4. Entering this weekend, that currently leaves the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Alabama Crimson Tide, Oregon Ducks and Auburn Tigers as the next four teams on the outside looking in, with all of them having more than enough pivotal games remaining on the schedule to make their case for a spot in the inaugural CFB Playoff.
In fact, the Fighting Irish get their first crack at proving themselves worthy for a top four spot, with a showdown against the Seminoles looming on Saturday night.
But that is not the only big game that could shuffle the standings.