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. Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Ohio State

4. Oklahoma

How I see it: Clemson continues to flaunt the nation's best resume. The Tigers (10-0) are riding a 13-game winning streak, their longest in 34 years. Quarterback DeShaun Watson accumulated 461 total yards in last week's win at Syracuse. Alabama appears to be playing the part of 2014 Ohio State: Suffer a bad loss at home early but keep improving as the season rolls on. The Crimson Tide has the nation's best front seven on defense, as evident by nine sacks last week at Mississippi State. Running back Derrick Henry has entered the Heisman Trophy chase for Alabama by rushing for 414 yards and five touchdowns the past two games. OSU finally begins its real season after 10 games against opponents with a combined record of 45-56, and all of them carrying at least three defeats. OSU's strength of schedule is No. 67 in the Sagarin Rankings, trailing undefeated Iowa (No. 55 strength of schedule) but will get a boost against Michigan State (9-1) and Michigan (8-2). Goodbye to Baylor. The Bears fell to Oklahoma, catapulting the Sooners into the fourth spot despite a mind-boggling loss to Texas last month. Oklahoma wraps up its schedule with a home game against TCU and a road game at Oklahoma State. Goodbye to the Pac-12. Every team in that ballyhooed league has at least two losses. The Stanford loss hurts Notre Dame because of their looming matchup. If you think these rankings are off base, consider the fact that the College Football Playoff committee ranked LSU No. 2 and the Tigers have since lost two consecutive games. It's still a flawed beauty pageant.

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Ray Stein, Dispatch sports editor

1. Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Ohio State

4. Oklahoma

How I see it: The playoff picture cleared somewhat this past weekend, as these things tend to do. Essentially, the losses by Stanford (to Oregon) and Utah (to Arizona) all but ensure that the Pac-12 will be on the outside looking in when the four semifinalists are announced. That dramatically changes the dynamic, because now it looks like the top four will come down to the champions of the four remaining power-five conferences and possibly Notre Dame.

New to the party: Oklahoma, which had too much athleticism for Baylor's true freshman quarterback to deal with. Now, however, Oklahoma faces a back-to-back gauntlet of TCU -- dealing with serious injuries -and Okie State -- still feeling more like pretender than contender. But if anyone can come up short in a must-win situation, it's Big Game Bob Stoops' Sooners.

Shown the door: Baylor, but it could be a temporary exit for the Bears if they win out and Oklahoma stumbles. For sure any one-loss Big 12 team will be more attractive to the committee than a two-loss Pac-12 outfit. But if Notre Dame wins out ...

Rob Oller, Dispatch sports columnist

1. Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Ohio State

4. Oklahoma

How I see it: Win-and-in is the mantra of November, unless you are Notre Dame, which with one loss could be the odd team out. Unless, of course, North Carolina beats Clemson. Or Oklahoma State runs the table. In other words, a lot can still happen. And will.

Bill Rabinowitz, Dispatch OSU football beat writer

1. Clemson

2. Ohio State

3. Alabama

4. Oklahoma State

How I see it: Clemson's grip on the No. 1 spot is tenuous after its unimpressive victory over a bad Syracuse team. But the Tigers' body of work gives them a tiny edge of Ohio State, which has a chance to make a statement this week against its first ranked opponent of 2015. Alabama is playing as well as anyone, but the Tide's resume isn't as strong as it looks on the surface. Oklahoma State edges Notre Dame for now for the final spot. Expect plenty of changes in the next couple of weeks. In some ways, the CFP race is just starting.

Tim May, Dispatch OSU football beat writer

1. Clemson

2. Ohio State

3. Alabama

4. Oklahoma State

How I see it:No reason to change my top four from a week ago, though I came close after Clemson struggled with three-win Syracuse. And when Oklahoma knocked off previously unbeaten Baylor, I was tempted. But no way I can put two one-loss teams in my top four, at least not yet. Besides, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are going to settle it for me on the field. No Pac-12 team on the horizon, but Notre Dame sure is. It's gonna be tough to keep out the Irish if they win out. Meanwhile, all have big games to play, not the least of which is Ohio State, needing to get past Michigan State and Michigan just to get to the Big Ten title game – against probably Iowa – for the third straight year.