Published: Sun, November 05, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

14 in College Football Playoff rankings

14 in College Football Playoff rankings

According to the NCAAF writers at RealSport, here is a look at what we can expect when the initial CFP rankings of the season are released.

Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway, Booger McFarland and Jesse Palmer gathered around the table to present the first College Football Playoff rankings show of the 2017 season on Halloween night, officially launching us into the month that ultimately develops and crowns champions. Wisconsin and Miami were the bottom two teams in the top ten behind one-loss teams Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and TCU. Since the late-September loss, the Cowboys have won four straight games, including three victories in which they scored at least 41 points.

The Badgers are only No. 9 in the CFP rankings. Georgia and Alabama have been dominant for much of the season with an opportunity to improve their resumes over the final four games of the season.

ESPN's Greg McElroy took time to address the initial Playoff Rankings, and he believes the committee's work is "outstanding stuff". It's clear if these teams win out and play a close one in Atlanta, the chance both end up in the College Football Playoff is high.

"For the teams five through seven, their head-to-head results were very important to the committee", Hocutt said.

The Bulldogs are a ideal 8-0 and coming off a convincing win over Florida on the road as this poll will eventually set the playoffs for college football on New Year's Eve and then eight days later with the title game in Atlanta. The three one loss teams directly behind them now all have plenty of opportunities to make an impression on the committee.

Georgia has sharply improved in Kirby Smart's second season in Athens, with his debut year yielding an 8-5 record and a trip to the Liberty Bowl. Rounding out the top 10 are No. 8 TCU (7-1) and No. 10 Miami (7-0).

In the meantime, Notre Dame needs its quality wins to remain quality wins while continuing to win each weekend in order to maintain its #3 ranking. They weren't ranked by the committee at any point in 2015 or 2016.

A couple of games played during week two of the season had a major effect on the first College Football Playoff rankings. Still, it's favorable to be considered in that top four this early on into the year and every team that makes it is striving to stay there.

We say no way, but 12-1 is a different story given where they start.

The good news is that Miami and Wisconsin have plenty of time to change that.

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