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.

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Todd Jones, Dispatch college football writer

1. Utah

2. Ohio State

3. Texas Christian

4. LSU

How I see it:Ohio State still hasn't put an entire game together, and we're in the seventh week of the season. Granted, the Buckeyes are 6-0, and they have more talent than any team. Yet something is missing with this group, which has been saved by a tissue-thin schedule. Utah is playing as well as anyone in the nation, and its season-opening win over Michigan -- because of the Wolverines' resurrection -- looks superior to anything OSU has on its resume. Speaking of the Michigan, a win Saturday over Michigan State could catapult the khaki-led Harbaugh men into serious playoff contention. LSU replaces Michigan State because the Spartans could beat Purdue and Rutgers by only one score each. Blah. TCU continues to score points in carnival style, but the Horned Frogs don't play a lick of defense. Can a half-team be the best team?

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Ray Stein, Dispatch sports editor

1. Ohio State

2. Alabama

3. Utah

4. Texas Christian

How I see it: For once, college football's hierarchy didn't tumble like a Jenga tower at the hands of a sugar-fueled preschooler. So there are no changes this week except in the order -- ever-skittish TCU drops two places to No. 4 after another scare, and Alabama and Utah play monkey-move-up.

New to the party: None. But as an added bonus, here's a team to keep an eye on: Stanford. The Cardinal have it going since an opening-week loss to Northwestern, they host UCLA this week in a statement game and they have have favorable remaining schedule, at least until the Pac-12 championship game -- maybe against Utah.

Shown the door: None. But as an added bonus, here's a team to check for cracks. Baylor. The No. 2-with-a-bullet Bears are offensive beasts but at the expense of a soft schedule. Baylor's first five victims are a combined 11-17, and its next seven opponents are 27-12.

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Rob Oller, Dispatch sports columnist

1.Ohio State

2.Texas Christian

3.Utah

4.Alabama

How I see it:The Buckeyes appear to have found something with their two-quarterback red-zone rodeo, but will the final bronco ride of Michigan State and Michigan lead to a bum steer? I'm not sold on Texas Christian, but so far so good. Lurking? Clemson.

Bill Rabinowitz, Dispatch OSU football beat writer

1. Utah

2. Texas Christian

3. Ohio State

4. Alabama

How I see it: Surprisingly, no changes this week, but don't expect the status quo to last long. Utah turned Cal QB Jared Goff into a turnover machine as the Utes won a battle of unbeaten and earn another week at the top. TCU rallied on the road to beat Kansas State and retain a very slim advantage over Baylor as the Big 12's most likely CFP team. Ohio State keeps winning without putting it all together. Penn State's defense will be the best the Buckeyes have faced. Alabama won a slog against Arkansas and barely holds on to the final CFP spot.

Tim May, Dispatch OSU football beat writer

1. Ohio State

2. Utah

3. Baylor

4. Texas A&M

How I see it:Feeling pretty good because my top four suffered no shakeup. Meanwhile, the Michigan bandwagon is adding seats as fast as possible, with talk of hitching up a flatbed trailer if the Wolverines prove they are all the way back when they host Michigan State on Saturday. Utah is the team with the more impressive wins to this point, while Baylor has beaten just Texas Tech of note. Speaking of that, it's a put-up-or-step-back moment for both Alabama and Texas A&M as they meet in College Station.