The first official College Football Playoff rankings are finally here.
The first official College Football Playoff rankings were announced Tuesday night, and the Big Ten and SEC control the top four - at least for now. And the committee wasted minor time in doing the job everyone into a froth by ranking defending champion Clemson at No. five, below in the same way undefeated Ohio Condition, LSU, Alabama and Penn Condition. Of course, the Crimson Tide and LSU play on Saturday and the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions will meet on November 23, so there's no real damage in being No. 5.
No. 3 Ohio State (8-0, 5-0) - Ohio State is always good for a baffling loss during the football season. Iowa is ranked No. 18, Wake Forest is 19 and Cincinnati is 20. Both No. 10 Florida (7-2, 4-2 SEC) and No. 12 Auburn (7-2, 4-2 SEC) rank ahead of the Wolverines. With just four games left in the regular season, Ohio State likely won't be challenged again until No. 5 Penn State comes to Columbus before the annual rivalry game with MI. But the playoff committee feels Clemson's lackluster strength-of-schedule and close win over North Carolina wasn't enough to earn a top four spot.
College Football Playoff rankings are in: What do they mean for the Penn State Nittany Lions? The Tigers have three victories against teams ranked (at the time) in the top 10. I know this: "There are only seven undefeated teams left and we are one of them". At least two of the teams now ahead of Clemson will end up with a loss, so if Clemson goes unbeaten, they will make the playoff.
The close call in Chapel Hill probably has provided more motivation than CFP rankings.
"To me, Clemson on the bubble at No. 5 tells me one thing: they can not lose".
The No. 6 Bulldogs' playoff hopes were basically assumed to be dead after their double-overtime loss to SC in October. "It used to be we couldn't match up in the postseason and now it's you can only win in the postseason (because you don't play anybody in the regular season)". They have made the playoff the past four years but aren't being given much credit for their historical run from the selection committee. Do you think the Tigers will be furious when they take the field against the state of North Carolina, Wake Forest and SC? Eight and Oklahoma (7-1) at No. 9.