Sports columnist for The Herald-Palladium

The first College Football Playoff rankings of the season will be released next Tuesday, but barring any major upsets, don’t expect the four top teams in the current Associated Press poll to change.

Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Clemson all appear secure in making this season’s playoff, although the order could change.

Al Arend is a sports correspondent for The Herald-Palladium. His weekly football predictions appear every Thursday throughout the college season.