As the College Football Playoff era begins, the door to a national championship will be opened just a little bit wider.
And as the four-team playoff allows two more teams an opportunity to win it all at season's end, it still might be open to just several select teams.
Those teams will be the ones that have dominated on the recruiting trail. Alabama, Auburn and Florida State have made the national conversation for a reason—all three schools clean up in high schools across the nation.
We'll take a look at why those three contenders will continue to contend, and we'll also look at nine other schools poised to compete for spots in the new playoff system in 2014 and beyond.
All class and player rankings based on the 247Sports' composite ratings, unless otherwise noted.