Georgia tops initial College Football Playoff rankings

Georgia tops Alabama in first College Football Playoff rankings

Clemson made the College Football Playoff top-four, at No. 4, in the initial rankings released Tuesday night. "It was the two wins against top-25 CFP teams and, of course, the win over No. 3 Notre Dame that gave Georgia the slight edge this week".

Committee chairman Kirby Hocutt, the athletic director for Texas Tech, said the Bulldogs had a slight edge over the Crimson Tide due to their victory against the Irish on September 9. "So I'm focused on our next four games and I could care less about the poll".

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. The Crimson Tide won the four-team playoff over Clemson after the 2015 season and were the runners-up last season. The Wolverines are No. 38 in this week's Sagarin Ratings, but several ranked teams had higher strength-of-schedule ratings, including No. 24 Michigan State (16th), No. 20 North Carolina State (26th), No. 17 USC (7th) and No. 15 Iowa State (22nd). This year will be the year that teams learn they need to play good teams.

Georgia has sharply improved in Kirby Smart's second season in Athens, with his debut year yielding an 8-5 record and a trip to the Liberty Bowl. The three one loss teams directly behind them now all have plenty of opportunities to make an impression on the committee. The schedule does not get any easier for Notre Dame as they cap off their season with road matchups against both Miami and Stanford. Here are eight teams that aren't dead yet and can still make the College Football Playoff.

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Penn State and TCU are next on the list despite each having a loss, with undefeated Wisconsin and Miami round out the top 10. You stop me when you see N.C. State's done that impresses you the way MSU's wins against LSU, Texas A&M and Kentucky did. 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.

With matchups coming up against ranked opponents in Oklahoma State and TCU, the Sooners may finally have the opportunity they have been looking for to jump into the playoff conversation. Time will tell just how serious of a contender that the Miami Hurricanes are this season.

"The teams ranked three through seven are very evenly matched", Hocutt said. Oklahoma State 12. Washington 13.

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