Georgia tops first CFP rankings, followed by Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson

by Leon Thompson November 5, 2017, 0:56
Georgia tops first CFP rankings, followed by Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson

The Crimson Tide, the only team who has made the College Football Playoff since the format's inception in 2014, is at No. 2.

The top four teams on the rankings are Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, and Clemson.

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.

Georgia and Alabama are unbeaten and now on course to meet in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Notre Dame with one loss but three convincing wins over ranked opponents is now seven spots higher than next weekend's opponent Miami who enters this weekend unbeaten for their showdown with Virginia Tech. Alabama (8-0), which is No. 1 in the AP poll, is No. 2.

The prospects for Georgia, Alabama and Notre Dame are tied together.

"We spent considerable time (Monday) talking about the differences between Georgia and Alabama". "I think Auburn is still a team thinking about trying to surprise some people, and they're definitely in striking distance if they are able to get a couple big wins late in the year".

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In the AP Top 25, Ohio State was No. 3, Penn State No. 7 and Oklahoma was No. 8. The three one loss teams directly behind them now all have plenty of opportunities to make an impression on the committee.

He also said that Alabama got credit for beating Florida State to start the season when the Seminoles had their starting quarterback Deondre Francois for most of the game. The full CFP ranking can be found here. 2 and 3 seeds meeting in the other semifinal.

The semifinal winners will meet for the national championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8.

Saturday, Clemson will play host to No. 19 N.C. State - a team with two losses, but neither in conference play and would win the Atlantic Division tiebreaker over the Tigers with a victory.

Although the Badgers are the only undefeated team remaining in the Big 10, they are still ranked behind two other conference opponents that both have losses.

ESPNs broadcast of the initial College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday evening left no one hanging. 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. But are they the best team in their conference? The Bulldogs' highest ranking previously was No. 9 on November 25, 2014.

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