College Football Playoff picks after Week 5

Three touchdowns are scored by the Bulldogs in the first quarter, and they cruise to victory of 37-0 over the Razorbacks in their showdown of unbeatens. (3:05).
Alabama and Georgia fought it out again for the top spot on our College Football Playoff picks. The Bulldogs were closer than ever, but the Crimson Tide refuses to give up their No. 1. Allstate Playoff Predictor: How will Saturday's top games impact the College Football Playoff chase What are the odds of the top four winning? The Allstate Playoff Predictor can provide the answers. Keep checking back each week, as the odds change after each week's games.

Most Popular Playoff Picks Team (Record) Votes Alabama (5-0) 13/13 Georgia (5-0) 13/13 Penn State (5-0) 11/13 Cincinnati (4-0) 8/13 Iowa (5-0) 7/13

Alabama is the No. 1 team after a 42-21 victory over a rated Ole Miss team. Georgia is No. After a 42-21 win over the Ole Miss team, Georgia is now No. After destroying a top-10 Arkansas team 37-1, 1B is the winner of this week's contest. Our writers unanimously chose Georgia and Alabama as the top choices, with the Tide receiving seven votes and the Dawgs obtaining six.

After a close game against Colorado State last Wednesday, Iowa was selected on seven ballots this week. This follows a 51-14 road win over Maryland on Friday night. In a dramatic win, the Hawkeyes defeated their opponent seven times and secured their place in the top five for this season. This victory sets up a critical Big Ten matchup next Wednesday, when Iowa welcomes Penn State to Iowa City.

With a victory against Indiana of 24-0 on Saturday night, the Nittany Lions proved that they are worthy to be in the CFP. They also landed 11 picks. The game against Penn State next week will be a test for both teams. However, a loss does not necessarily mean that either team is out of the Big Ten division races or in the CFP conversation.

The Group of 5's Cincinnati Bearcats defeated Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. This was a major win and they are now in the running for the CFP. This was the first time that a Group 5 team beat a top-10 on the road. This historic win earned the Bearcats eight ballots, which was their highest total of the season.

After a loss at Stanford in overtime on Saturday, Oregon was eliminated from the picks. This defeat means that the Pac-12 is out of the playoff conversation for now. Iowa is the westernmost team in our writers’ picks.

This week's five-team field is the smallest this year.

Andrea Adelson: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Iowa, 4. Cincinnati

Kyle Bonagura: 1. Alabama, 2. Georgia, 3. Penn State, 4. Cincinnati

Bill Connelly: Alabama, 2. Georgia, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Penn State

Heather Dinich: Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Iowa, 4. Penn State

David M. Hale: 1. Alabama, 2. Georgia, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Penn State

Chris Low: 1. Alabama, 2. Georgia, 3. Iowa, 4. Cincinnati

Harry Lyles Jr. Alabama, 2. Georgia, 3. Penn State, 4. Cincinnati

Ryan McGee: 1. Alabama, 2. Georgia, 3. Penn State, 4. Cincinnati

Adam Rittenberg: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Iowa, 4. Penn State

Alex Scarborough: 1. Alabama, 2. Georgia, 3. Penn State, 4. Cincinnati

Mark Schlabach: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Iowa, 4. Penn State

Tom VanHaaren: 1. Alabama, 2. Georgia, 3. Penn State, 4. Iowa

Dave Wilson: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Iowa, 4. Penn State

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