After nine weeks of action on the field, the College Football Playoff released its first rankings of the 2018-19 season Tuesday night.
Over at FloridaCitrusSports.com, we broke down the Oct. 30 College Football Playoff poll and what it could mean for the Camping World Bowl and Citrus Bowl this postseason. As it relates to our ACC-Big 12 matchup specifically, it’s impossible to project anything with certainty right now, but the rankings give us a decent idea who could be available in our pick window.
The Camping World Bowl, on the other hand, gets the first pick from the ACC after the New Year’s Six bowls, and at this point, No. 19 Syracuse is the highest-ranked ACC team (inclusive of Notre Dame) in that window. However, the CFP Top 25 also currently includes NC State at No. 21, Boston College at No. 22 and Virginia at No. 25.
Among those four teams, there is still a head-to-head matchup between Syracuse and Boston College left to play, and the Orange also have No. 4 Notre Dame remaining on the schedule. Boston College still faces No. 2 Clemson and 2017 Camping World Bowl participant Virginia Tech, which also still plays Virginia. That is all to say there is still plenty of opportunity for movement over the next several weeks.
In Big 12, the Camping World Bowl’s pick will be largely dependent on what the Alamo Bowl does with the first post-New Year’s Six pick from the conference.
Should the Alamo Bowl select No. 13 West Virginia, then No. 17 Texas and No. 24 Iowa State would be the next two teams up, based on the Oct. 30 rankings; if Texas were to end up in San Antonio, the Mountaineers and Cyclones would be the two highest-ranked teams available out of the Big 12.
To read the full CFP Poll recap, including additional analysis and a closer look at the Citrus Bowl selection window, click here.