Wisconsin, which is undefeated but untested, is No. 4 in both the AP and USA Today indexes. Florida State in 2014 and LSU in 2015 also missed out on the playoff after starting at No. 2.
If the matchups do come to fruition, however, who do you think will come out on top? At the same time, Miami will face off with No. 13 Virginia Tech, a team with a loss out of conference and who would lead the Coastal Division with a win.
Others in the the top four determined by the selection committee revealed Tuesday night in ESPN's show: No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Clemson.
Ohio State is ranked sixth in the College Football Playoff rankings.
The final spot in the top four went to Clemson, the defending national champions.
The Tigers rallied from a 23-7 deficit and had a shot to win. They've been too busy trying to improve every week, shoring weaknesses because of a lack of depth on the offensive and defensive lines, and a ton of true freshmen seeing significant snaps. The rest of the top-10 is as follows: No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 4 Clemson, No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 TCU, No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 10 Miami.
But Hocutt said the committee took into consideration that FSU was at "full speed" against Alabama and that "their quarterback participated in that game".
Teams in the Top 25 also had more quality wins; No. 25 Washington State has a win against No. 17 USC, while No. 22 Arizona has a win against No. 25 Washington State. The Bulldogs, who lost two of their final three games and finished seventh, were one of three initial top-four teams that did not make four-team field. But that win doesn't look so bad now that the Cyclones have emerged as one of the biggest surprises this college football season. Washington, at No. 12, is the highest ranked Pac 12 team, although the conference has five schools ranked between No. 12 and No. 25.
Alabama has rarely been tested yet, with seven of the eight wins this season coming by double digits. "Do what we can to get better". Will that change in a matter of weeks? Yes. Instead, they rewarded Clemson for its quality non-conference win, and they acknowledged Oklahoma's head-to-head advantage against Ohio State.