Georgia No. 1 over Alabama in initial CFP rankings

Georgia No. 1 over Alabama in initial CFP rankings

Javier Howell
November 5, 2017

Notre Dame (7-1) lost to Georgia by a point, but owns a 20-point win over Michigan State, a 35-point win over USC and a 21-point victory over North Carolina State. But there is no rule to prevent it, and on a recent visit to Atlanta the playoff's executive director, Bill Hancock, said the selection committee doesn't consider conference affiliation in ranking teams. It's the only major poll that has the Sooners ranked higher than the Buckeyes despite the fact OU beat Ohio State in Columbus earlier this season.

The rest of the first CFP ranking has Penn State at No. 7, followed by Texas Christian, Wisconsin and Miami.

"But at this point in the season, that head-to-head is important to the selection committee and will continue to be important to the selection committee". The only smudge on the Sooners' record this season is a loss to Iowa State on Oklahoma's home turf in Norman.

Having SEC teams in the top two spots undoubtedly will be unpopular in other conferences.

Just missing out on the top four are Oklahoma and Ohio State. Hocutt pointed to strength of schedule as the problem for the Badgers, who were ranked fourth in the latest AP Top 25, and Hurricanes. The strongest team Wisconsin has defeated, Hocutt said, is Northwestern (5-3).

The first College Football Playoff rankings of the season were released Tuesday night, and Auburn made its debut at No. 14.

An impressive win over a struggling Florida Gators team has the Bulldogs coming in at number two on our list.

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When the playoff rankings come out, the phrase that gets thrown around a lot is: This thing will work itself out.

This year, the thing might be more hard to work out than before.

What a concept: Georgia, not Alabama, is the first No.1 this year. The Bulldogs and Tide eventually could play in the SEC championship game. The Big Ten could match Ohio State with one loss and Wisconsin with none.

While the poll is bound to change, currently, the Dawgs would take on #4 Clemson while the Crimson Tide would play Notre Dame in the two semifinals. Miami (Fla.) (7-0) 11.

Georgia and Alabama are unbeaten and now on course to meet in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

However, there are some big clashes left on the schedule this year and it's highly likely that a couple of those teams could square off with each other before season's end.