Bulldogs, not Tide, No. 1 in first CFP rankings


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. Penn State (7-1) 8.

The Sooners arguably have the best win of the 2017 season with their 31-16 victory over Ohio State. Ohio State had a great win last weekend against Penn State, theyve played really well since their loss to Oklahoma.

"At this point in the season that head-to-head matchup is important to the selection committee", chairman Kirby Hocutt told ESPN, adding "and will continue to be important for the selection committee".

Notre Dame is now 7-1 and No. 3 in the playoff rankings, while FSU is 2-5 and in danger of missing out on a bowl game for the first time since 1976. Clemson (7-1) 5. Oklahoma (7-1) 6.

Another major criterion, head-to-head result, was manifested by Oklahoma being ranked one spot ahead of Ohio State, which fell to the Sooners 31-16 in Columbus on September 9. Those rankings had some Sooners wondering if the committee would do something similar.

"We all just watched it as a team just now", Oklahoma linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo said. "Everybody's hungry. We feel like our foot's in the door, so we want to go ahead and make it happen".

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The rest of the top 10 was TCU at eight, followed by unbeatens Wisconsin and Miami. Alabama has no victory against a CFP top-25 team.

While the first playoff rankings won't be released until Tuesday night, a look at this week's rankings show the conference is on the outside looking in, as Clemson now sits at No. 5 and Miami - the only unbeaten team left in the ACC - comes in at No. 6. LSU's win over Syracuse is better than anything MSU has done in the non-conference and LSU's win over Auburn is better than any win MSU has, but that's about the only two respectable wins LSU has.

What a concept: Georgia, not Alabama, is the first No.1 this year. The Big Ten could match Ohio State with one loss and Wisconsin with none.

IT MIGHT NOT BE JUST THE PAC-12 IN TROUBLE: The top four includes teams from only two of Power Five conferences, and if Georgia, Alabama and Notre Dame keep winning it very well could stay that way.

There's a lot of work to be done to work this thing out. Both teams have wins over a ranked team, Auburn over MSU and MSU over LSU, so 49-10 is one of the biggest deciding factors here.