Four-casting in practising for next year's playoff payoff

Roderick McDowell, of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 38-35.

Roderick McDowell, of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 38-35.

TODD SAELHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:44 PM ET

The release of the season’s first BCS Standings is just around the corner.

You know the drill.

Alabama at the top.

Then, in no particular order, Oregon — barring, of course, a Saturday surprise at the hands of Washington — and Ohio State.

But who follows at No. 4?

Clemson? Georgia? Stanford? Florida State?

It’s a question that doesn’t carry a whole lot of weight this year, but next October — with the BCS going the way of the dodo after this NCAA football season — it’ll be a biggie since the top four in whatever the new rankings are named are all that matters heading into the four-team playoff format (I’m still not a fan), and that first poll sets the scene for the rest of the season’s ratings.

So we might as well get our practice kicks in now.


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