In five years of the College Football Playoff, there have been only 10 different programs that have made the field. Clearly a special group of teams have established themselves as the elite among elite, and one analyst has an idea of which ones.
Appearing on the Wednesday edition of The Paul Finebaum Show, Sports Illustrated college football analyst Andy Staples identified six schools that he considers to be in “a different class than everyone else.” Staples identified Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Georgia, and Texas as the six teams.
Texas is the only school in that group that has yet to reach the College Football Playoff. Four of the remaining five have reached it multiple times.
Staples made this comment when asked about where Florida stacks up. He said the Gators aren’t there yet.
"Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Georgia are kind of in a different class than everyone else. Texas you could probably add to that group. It's not a big group, and Florida's not in it right now." @Andy_Staples on how Florida FB stacks up right now.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 15, 2019
Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State are the only schools to have actually won the playoff.
Oklahoma, meanwhile, has made it to the College Football Playoff two years in a row.
Texas and Florida emerged from the doldrums to finish with very strong seasons in 2018. The Longhorns were in the Big 12 Championship Game, beat Oklahoma in the regular season, and wound up beating Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
The Gators finished the season with a 10-3 record that included an absolute beat down of highly-touted Michigan in the Peach Bowl.