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BOZICH | Who's Number 1? Who's Number 5? Who's in the dumpster?

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Two days before the announcement of the college football playoff Top 25, Rick Bozich shares his Top 20 . Two days before the announcement of the college football playoff Top 25, Rick Bozich shares his Top 20 .

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — On Tuesday the College Football Playoff Committee will finally get to work and share something I have been sharing for weeks — a list of the top teams in the sport this fall.

Unlike the committee, I will only rank 20 teams because after years of voting in the Associated Press college basketball Top 25 poll, I figured out two things:

A.) You change the bottom five teams in the poll every week so why keep wasting time stirring through the chum.

B) It’s more fun and stimulating to recognize the Bottom Five because there are so many Saturdays when I see coaches and players who simply need a hug. You can fill in the blank with your favorite club.

On to the rankings, starting precisely where Bear Bryant asked me to start.

1. Alabama (8-0) — The off week gave the Crimson Tide more trouble than Tennessee.

2. Michigan (8-0) — I won’t mention that Maryland, Northwestern, BYU and Wisconsin all popped Michigan State by more points than the Wolverines.

3. Clemson (8-0) — Only Pittsburgh can stop the Tigers now. I don’t believe the Panthers will stop the Tigers. But I had to nominate somebody to stop them because that’s something people in Louisville love to hear.

4. Washington (8-0) — The Huskies welcomed adversity into the room at Utah and failed to flinch.

5. Louisville (7-1) — Lamar Jackson For President? Wikileaks is working on a report that it's part of the Clinton e-mails.

6. Ohio State (7-1) — The Buckeyes don’t need any fancy help because they still have a crack at Michigan, but they do need an upgraded passing game.

7. Texas A&M (7-1) — It’s not that the Aggies did anything great. They just failed to lose.

8. Florida (6-1) — The Gators are the team to beat in the SEC East, but if they stumble at Arkansas and LSU, guess who everybody will be talking about? Benny Snell & Friends.

9. Wisconsin (6-2) — The Badgers are on the fast track to the Big Ten title game — and a rematch with Michigan or Ohio State. Still think the Arkansas move was brilliant, Bret Bielama?

10. Auburn (6-2) — If Nick Saban is keeping one glaring eye on the Tigers, so should you. They’ve quietly won five straight. 

11. Western Michigan (8-0) — The Broncos are not going to make the playoff, but you wouldn’t want to play them on a neutral field. 

12. Washington State (6-2) — I don’t care the Cougars struggled with a terrible Oregon State team. Their coach, Mike Leach, lobbed a spitball at the Cubs last week. Love ya, Pirate.

13. Vacated.

14. Looking for volunteers.

15. Closed for renovations.

16. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan — He’s not Charles Woodson, but he’s not prepared to concede the Heisman to Lamar Jackson, not with Heisman moment road games with Iowa and Ohio State ahead.

17. Nebraska/West Virginia/Baylor/Boise State — Showtime is working on a series called “The Joy No-Luck One-Loss Club.”

18. Kentucky (5-3) — OOPS, make that soon-to-be bowl eligible Kentucky. Imagine if Southern Miss never happened.

19. Oregon (3-5) — The Ducks stopped their five-game losing streak from becoming a six-game losing streak before Michigan State did.

20. Houston (7-2) — Louisville needs the Cougars 8-2 when the Cardinals get to town in 2 1/2 weeks.

Bottom Five

5. Jimbo Fisher (three ACC losses by a pre-season playoff lock) — Turn in your Offensive Guru card, coach Fisher, after that final possession against Clemson. Sacks. Penalties. Negative yardage. Whining about the refs.

4. Mark Richt (from 4-0 to 4-4)  — Georgia fans tried to warn you, Hurricanes.

3. Tennessee (5-3) — Anybody got Phil Fulmer’s phone number? Or Lane Kiffin’s. Derek … I’ll stop here.

2. The SEC East — Kentucky 40, Mississippi State 38. That’s the only win by a team from the East against a team from the SEC West.

1. Big 12 — Bye bye Baylor. Bye bye West Virginia. Bye bye spot in the national playoff. 

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