The College Football Playoff rankings came out on Tuesday night and the SEC held the top two spots with No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama.
Notre Dame (7-1) is in the third spot followed by Clemson (7-1). The two teams just outside the four-team playoff in the first College Football Playoff rankings are Oklahoma and Ohio State.
College Football Playoff rankings Live updates, top 4
Here is the first Top 25 College Football Playoff rankings of the 2017 season:
1. Georgia (8-0)
2. Alabama (8-0)
3. Notre Dame (7-1)
4. Clemson (7-1)
5. Oklahoma (7-1)
6. Ohio State (7-1)
7. Penn State (7-1)
8. TCU (7-1)
9. Wisconsin (8-0)
10. Miami (7-0)
11. Oklahoma State (7-1)
12. Washington (7-1)
13. Virginia Tech (7-1)
14. Auburn (6-2)
15. Iowa State (6-2)
16. Mississippi State (6-2)
17. USC (7-2)
18. UCF (7-0)
19. LSU (6-2)
20. NC State (6-2)
21. Stanford (6-2)
22. Arizona (6-2)
23. Memphis (7-1)
24. Michigan State (6-2)
25. Washington State (7-2)
What do the College Football Playoff rankings come out?
The College Football Playoff rankings come out between 7 pm and 8 pm.
What TV channel will the College Football Playoff rankings come out on?
ESPN will broadcast the results of the first College Football Playoff rankings.
Can I stream the College Football Playoff ranking show online?
The College Football Playoff can be streamed on WatchESPN.
Who will be the top 4 teams in the College Football Playoff rankings?
We won’t know for certain until Tuesday night. The best bets would be that Georgia and Alabama are in the top 4, as both teams are undefeated. Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Ohio State are likely vying for those next two slots based on upon resumes.
Clemson has perhaps the best resume to date but it also has the worst loss, coming against Syracuse. Notre Dame has the best loss, as it lost to Georgia by 1 point and has wins over NC State and USC. Ohio State has a home win over Penn State, but it lost to Oklahoma. The Sooners beat Ohio State, but lost at home against Iowa State.
It’s worth mentioning that the team ranked no. 1 in the initial poll has never gone on to win the College Football Playoff, but the No. 1 ranked team has made the College Football Playoff in each of the past two seasons. Alabama was off this past weekend and takes on LSU this Saturday. It will be a chance for the Crimson Tide to get their second win against a team with a winning record from a Power-5 conference. Georgia hosts South Carolina at home this week.
Miami, Wisconsin and Central Florida are the other 3 unbeaten teams, but their resumes don’t quite stack up to Georgia and Alabama’s.
To get an idea of what the entire top 25 of the College Football Playoff rankings might look like, below is the SEC Country projections, via Alex Martin Smith:
Projected College Football Playoff rankings, week 10
1. Alabama (8-0)
If you swapped Alabama’s résumé with another Power 5 team, there would be a wave of skepticism. The Crimson Tide do not boast a win over any currently ranked teams, and the passing offense has been less effective than last season. But Nick Saban’s team has been obliterating its opponents by 33.25 points per game, and has three opportunities against ranked teams — LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn — over the final month of the season.
2. Georgia (8-0)
It seems we’re headed for a classic No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown in the SEC title game. Georgia has been just as dominant as Alabama, and has not won a game by fewer than 25 points since September at Notre Dame (a 20-19 victory). The ‘Dawgs need to beat four winning teams to close out their dream regular season, including a win over Auburn in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry on Nov. 11.
3. Ohio State (7-1)
An improbable comeback win against Penn State just saved Ohio State’s season. Now, the Buckeyes have a clear path to the Big Ten title, likely needing to lose twice down the stretch in order to be booted out of their East division perch. Up next: a trip to Iowa City, where plenty of championship hopefuls have had their dreams crushed during the Kirk Ferentz era.
4. Notre Dame (7-1)
Fighting Irish doubters should have seen the light by now. Over the past two weeks, Notre Dame has outscored a pair of ranked teams — USC and N.C. State — by a combined 84-28. The Irish’s only loss was by 1 point to Georgia, and they also have a 20-point win over a ranked Michigan State team.
5. Clemson (7-1)
Don’t count out Dabo Swinney yet. Sure, the Tigers lost at Syracuse, but quarterback Kelly Bryant missed the second half, and he’s apparently back in solid form. The defense is still one of the best in the country. If they can top N.C. State this weekend, they’ll most likely be headed to the ACC title game for a shot at another résumé-building win.
6. Penn State (7-1)
At one point of Penn State’s 39-38 loss to Ohio State on Saturday, the Nittany Lions had a 97.3 percent chance of winning the game, per ESPN’s win probability metric. Penn State was that close to going 8-0 and challenging for the No. 1 or No. 2 spot in the first set of College Football Playoff rankings. Now, the Lions likely need OSU to lose twice down the stretch in order to win their second consecutive Big Ten title.
7. Oklahoma (7-1)
The Sooners’ big win over Ohio State is probably the most impressive win in the country at this juncture. That alone might be enough to vault OU into the Top 4, and its chances of making the field keep getting stronger as Iowa State — Oklahoma’s only loss — continues to climb in the rankings.
8. Wisconsin (8-0)
Sure, the Badgers are undefeated, but who have they played? Their most impressive win — and this is not a joke — might be a September defeat of Florida Atlantic. Somehow, Wisconsin’s schedule doesn’t get much harder. They have Indiana and Iowa before closing the season with Michigan and Minnesota.
9. TCU (7-1)
The Horned Frogs haven’t played many close games. Their 14-7 loss at Iowa State — which is apparently a damn good team — this Saturday was only the Frogs’ second contest decided by 12 points or fewer. The committee will especially like wins at Oklahoma State (44-31) and vs. West Virginia (31-24), and TCU can score more points with the voters in their next two games vs. Texas and Oklahoma.
10. Miami (7-0)
There’s not a single win on Miami’s résumé that stands out. The Hurricanes have been beating up bad teams and barely slipping past average opponents. But Mark Richt’s team is about to get a couple big opportunities to impress the committee against Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.
11. Virginia Tech
12. Oklahoma State
13. Iowa State
17. Mississippi State
23. N.C. State
24. Michigan State