Greg McElroy sees 'outstanding stuff' in committee's first Playoff Rankings

Georgia tops Alabama in first College Football Playoff rankings

The Alabama Crimson Tide are the only team that has been a part of every College Football Playoff since it was established in 2014. Wisconsin and Miami were the bottom two teams in the top ten behind one-loss teams Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and TCU. Georgia won 20-19 at No. 24 Notre Dame on September 9, while Alabama opened September 2 with a 24-7 dumping of No. 3 Florida State in Atlanta, but those two nonconference foes have been heading in opposite directions since. The Fighting Irish (7-1) have not lost since, including blowouts of Michigan State (24th), Southern California (17th) and North Carolina State (20th).

Clemson is No. 4.

Alabama will play at least three of the four other SEC teams in the initial CFP rankings over the final four weeks of the regular season, including Saturday's matchup with LSU, with a possible date with No. 1 Georgia in the SEC Championship game in early December.

When the season first started, both the Seminoles and Clemson were ranked in the top five nationally and there was serious talk about the ACC sending BOTH teams to the system this year. 2 and 3 seeds meeting in the other semifinal. Those two games will be played in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on January 1. Bedlam will be played at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.

Hocutt also said Clemson (7-1) playing the second half against Syracuse without injured quarterback Kelly Bryant was a factor for the committee. Ohio State had a great win last weekend against Penn State, theyve played really well since their loss to Oklahoma. Since that loss, the Buckeyes have dominated and only further impressed by shutting down Heisman-hopeful Saquon Barkley and completing a comeback victory against an undefeated Penn State team. TCU (7-1) 9. Wisconsin (8-0) 10. If both arrive 12-0 in Atlanta, and the independent Irish finish 11-1, the SEC championship could be for seeding and the Big Ten, Big 12, Atlantic Coast Conference and Pac-12 would be vying for one spot. "Glad to see head-to-head matchups carrying weight", he said, referring to Oklahoma's 31-16 victory against Ohio State. For context: 14. Auburn, 15.

Teams in the Top 25 also had more quality wins; No. 25 Washington State has a win against No. 17 USC, while No. 22 Arizona has a win against No. 25 Washington State. Central Florida (7-0) 19.

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