College Football Playoff picks after Week 10

Now it's time for the main course.

After a Week 10 that saw four of the nation's top five teams -- LSU, Alabama, Ohio State and Penn State -- idle, plus Clemson playing Wofford, there wasn't much movement among this week's picks.

Tuesday night, we'll find out how the College Football Playoff committee views the teams as the initial rankings come out (9 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Regardless of how things look Tuesday, expect them to change rather quickly starting next week. It begins with another "Game of the Century"-type showdown between Alabama and LSU in Tuscaloosa. The winner of that game will have the inside track on the SEC West crown and a clear path to a playoff berth.

There's also a showdown of unbeatens in the Big Ten, as Penn State travels to Minnesota to take on the surprising Golden Gophers.

If P.J. Fleck's crew can pull off an upset, it'll have to be taken seriously as a potential playoff long shot. Of course, the Gophers would have to take down Ohio State in the conference title game, and the Buckeyes look nearly unstoppable at this point.

Can anyone else break into the playoff party? Possibly Oregon in the Pac-12 or even a team such as two-loss Auburn if the Tigers were to make a late run at an SEC title.

Here's how our writers see the playoff field after Week 10. (Note: These are not their projections for how the season will end.)

Andrea Adelson: 1. LSU; 2. Clemson; 3. Alabama; 4. Ohio State


Edward Aschoff: 1. Ohio State; 2. LSU; 3. Alabama; 4. Clemson

Kyle Bonagura: 1. Ohio State; 2. Alabama; 3. Clemson; 4. LSU

Bill Connelly: 1. Ohio State; 2. LSU; 3. Alabama; 4. Clemson

Heather Dinich: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Clemson; 4. Alabama

David Hale: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Clemson; 4. Alabama

Sam Khan Jr.: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Alabama; 4. Clemson

Chris Low: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Alabama; 4. Clemson


Ivan Maisel: 1. Ohio State; 2. LSU; 3. Alabama; 4. Clemson

Ryan McGee: 1. LSU; 2. Alabama; 3. Clemson; 4. Penn State

Adam Rittenberg: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Alabama; 4. Clemson

Alex Scarborough: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Clemson; 4. Alabama

Mark Schlabach: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Alabama; 4. Clemson

Tom VanHaaren: 1. LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Alabama; 4. Clemson

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