Nittany Lions At No. 14 In First CFB Playoff Rankings

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So why does LSU deserve to be ahead of the Irish and furthermore, why do the Tigers deserve to be two spots ahead of MI? If Michigan goes undefeated, it will finish with eight wins over teams with winning records.

The Crimson Tide opened at No. 1 in the rankings released Tuesday night, matching its AP Poll ranking.

The teams at the top of the initial rankings will likely get jumbled up after this weekend simply because of the Alabama-LSU and Georgia-Kentucky games.

Gardner Minshew and WSU are in the first College Football Playoff rankings. Wisconsin should be able to get a win this week, but Rutgers might have some motivation to hurt Wisconsin's conference hopes so keep an eye on that game in case anything insane happens.

Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame all look like locks to make the semifinals if they win out, and they all have workable paths to perfection on paper.

Coincidentally, the inaugural rankings set the tone for two playoff teams clashing when No. 1 Alabama plays No. 3 LSU in Baton Rouge. This week their attention turns to Maryland, the most inconsistent team in the Big Ten.

Is Texas making significant progress, or are they right on schedule for where you thought they would be this season?

Notre Dame, on the other hand, doesn't have any losses and three solid wins. Notre Dame has fallen victim to November road games too many times before (Stanford in 2015, Miami in 2017), and Brian Kelly will have his team better prepared this time. We just want to be a team that has a chance. Call me jaded, but that is my take going all the way back to when the snubbed TCU and Baylor in the first ever CFP final rankings.

The selection committee is chaired by OR athletic director Rob Mullens and includes Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin and Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury.

Coaches began downplaying the significance of the rankings even before they were revealed on national television.

In honor of Halloween, here are the three spookiest possible scenarios for MI, even if it finds a way to win the rest of its games. However, it now has zero ranked teams on its schedule.

Ranking teams is a time-honored tradition in college football, going back to first Associated Press poll in 1936.

That's angered a lot of UCF fans, once again, because there are seven one-loss teams ranked ahead of the Knights and one two-loss team in Florida at No. 11.

Let Mullens explain why.

And then there's undefeated UCF.

The rankings, announced Tuesday on ESPN, name the four teams now selected to participated in the postseason for the national championship. What matters is how you play.

Purdue saw a hit taken to their conference championship hopes with a loss to MSU last week and now they have to take on Iowa, a team in their way. "But you balance that against what you see when you watch the games", he added.

The 13-members of the selection committee meets weekly to rank the top 25 teams.

WSU was eighth, the highest-ranked Pac-12 team. Still, UCF is the No. 9 team in the country for a reason; it has a top-five scoring offense and a top-15 scoring defense. IN is a pesky team, but the game is in Ann Arbor and the Hoosiers are 1-5 in Big Ten play.