Each week during the college football season, Dispatch sports writers Todd Jones, Tim May, Rob Oller and Bill Rabinowitz and sports editor Ray Stein make their choices for the College Football Playoff field.

Each week during the college football season, Dispatch sports writers Todd Jones, Tim May, Rob Oller and Bill Rabinowitz and sports editor Ray Stein make their choices for the College Football Playoff field.

Todd Jones, Dispatch college football writer

1. Ohio State

2. Alabama

3. Texas Christian

4. UCLA

How I see it: The Buckeyes should be tested a little more against Northern Illinois after looking "ordinary" in a 38-0 win over Hawaii. Alabama's defense looks stout against the run and will be hungry for revenge against Mississippi. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin got on track last week in a glorified scrimmage against Stephen F. Austin. We'll see whether freshman quarterback Josh Rosen of UCLA, my sleeper team, has the mettle to handle a tough BYU squad.

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Tim May, Dispatch OSU football beat writer

1. Ohio State

2. Alabama

3. Texas Christian

4. Michigan State

How I see it: Remember, this is if the final four was being picked today. I had to drop Notre Dame out despite its dramatic second win, because the Fighting Irish have lost their No. 1 running back and No. 1 quarterback. Besides, Michigan State has the most impressive win of the season so far, holding off Oregon. But down the road, I don't see two teams from the same conference making the final four.

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Rob Oller, Dispatch sports columnist

1. Ohio State

2. Texas Christian

3. Alabama

4. UCLA

How I see it: The only change this week was flipping TCU and Alabama in the Nos. 2 and 3 spots. The Horned Frogs turned Stephen A. Austin into Stephanie Austin in a 70-7 mismatch, while Bama looked only so-so against Middle Tennessee. Michigan State, meanwhile, is knocking on the top-four door. But not yet, Sparty. Not yet. As for the Buckeyes, I noticed the impressive zero more than the rather pedestrian 38 points.

Bill Rabinowitz, Dispatch OSU football beat writer

1. Ohio State

2. Alabama

3. Michigan State

4. Texas Christian

How I see it: It says something about the Buckeyes that they could win 38-0 and feel like it was such a bad performance. The Spartans move up with their win over Oregon.

Ray Stein, Dispatch sports editor

1. Alabama

2. Ohio State

3. USC

4. Texas Christian

How I see it: I'll be honest here and say I'm not sure Ohio State would beat Michigan State if they were playing this week. But it's also a fact that they're not playing this week. Alabama's defense will be severely tested by high-scoring Ole Miss, so the SEC might get seriously scrambled. New to the party: TCU, though it's hard to believe it will last. Dropped out: Notre Dame, which is running too thin on playmakers to sustain its unbeaten record.