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

Notre Dame and Clemson have one loss apiece, with Notre Dame's coming by one point to Georgia. Both teams are 8-0.

On the same night Georgia beat Notre Dame, Oklahoma (7-1) won 31-16 at Ohio State.

Ohio State (7-1) rallied to beat Penn State (7-1) last Saturday, 39-38. Alabama (8-0) 3. Notre Dame (7-1) 4.

Searcey and Will Lowery, a walk-on defensive back who played for Alabama's 2009 and 2011 national champions under Saban, both said the CFP committee's snub of the team ranked No 1 in the AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches polls will motivate the Tide.

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.

Locally, USF (7-1) didnt crack the rankings, but found a clear way to a New Years Six bowl. Those rankings had some Sooners wondering if the committee would do something similar. Oklahoma State 12. Washington 13. "If we win well go up".

Reminder, Notre Dame plays Wake Forest and Stanford again this November on top of unbeaten however unimpressive Miami and a Navy team that beat the Irish a year ago.

In a somewhat surprising move, the College Football Playoff committee ranked Georgia ahead of Alabama for the No. 1 spot in the initial College Football Playoff rankings. Hocutt pointed to strength of schedule as the problem for the Badgers, who were ranked fourth in the latest AP Top 25, and Hurricanes. Many people, including myself, believe there are two teams that are better.

Committee chairman Kirby Hocutt, the athletic director at Texas Tech, said there was much debate over two days of meetings in Grapevine, Texas, about the order in which to rank Georgia and Alabama. USC winning its next three games to finish the regular season 10-2 with an additional win in the Pac 12 title game would be pretty nice as well given Notre Dame's 49-14 beatdown of the Trojans two weeks ago. The Big Ten could match Ohio State with one loss and Wisconsin with none.

For a variety of reasons, including what has gone on in Tallahassee this season, the powers in charge of the ACC are sitting on the edge of their seats hoping that some early season hiccups don't cost the conference the money and bragging rights (mostly, the money) that comes with joining the SEC and Big Ten as the only conferences to send a team each season. "We've kind of been through the fire, and we're here at 8-0, but we still have a lot of work to do".


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