College Football Playoff picks after Week 3 – ESPN

  • September 22, 2022

Brock Bowers tallies three touchdowns in Georgia’s huge 48-7 win vs. South Carolina. (1:48)
Three full weeks into the season and one thing has remained the same throughout.
How will Saturday’s top games affect the College Football Playoff chase? What are the current odds for the top four? The Allstate Playoff Predictor has the answers. Check back every week as the odds are updated following that week’s games.
Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State are unanimous selections for the playoff, according to ESPN’s college football cognoscente.
The Bulldogs plucked apart host South Carolina on Saturday 48-7. Georgia has now outscored its three opponents by a combined 120 points — the fourth-best by a defending national champion through its first three games since 1980, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba returned at receiver for Ohio State, but it was once again Marvin Harrison Jr. who showed his appetite for the end zone during a 77-21 win over Toledo. Harrison Jr.’s two scores made him the third Buckeyes’ receiver over the past 20 seasons to have five touchdowns during a two-game span, joining Garrett Wilson (2021) and Dane Sanzenbacher (2010).
Alabama had no problems against Louisiana-Monroe, winning 63-7. The Crimson Tide scored first quarter touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams. The 25-yard pick-six for Will Anderson Jr. was the first touchdown of his Alabama career.
Meanwhile several teams jockey for the fourth spot.
With that in mind, here’s how ESPN’s college football reporters see the current playoff picture.
Andrea Adelson: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Ohio State, 4. USC
Blake Baumgarter: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Ohio State, 4. USC
Kyle Bonagura: 1 Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Ohio State, 4. USC
Bill Connelly: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Ohio State, 4. Washington
Heather Dinich: 1. Georgia, 2. Ohio State, 3. Alabama, 4. USC
Chris Low: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Ohio State, 4. USC
Harry Lyles Jr.: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Ohio State, 4. USC
Ryan McGee: 1. Georgia, 2. Ohio State, 3. Alabama, 4. Oregon
Adam Rittenberg: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Ohio State, 4. USC
Alex Scarborough: 1. Georgia, 2. Ohio State, 3. Alabama, 4. USC
Mark Schlabach: 1. Georgia, 2. Ohio State, 3. Alabama, 4. Michigan
Paolo Uggetti: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Ohio State, 4. USC
Tom VanHaaren: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Ohio State, 4. USC
Dave Wilson: 1. Georgia, 2. Ohio State, 3. Alabama, 4. Oklahoma

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