How the first College Football Playoff rankings shook out

How the first College Football Playoff rankings shook out

The Peach Bowl would then have No. 10 Ohio State against No. 11 Florida, as they are the highest-ranked remaining teams, and would also be chosen based on fan interest and matchup.

There will be five more installments of the College Football Playoff rankings, which are determined by the CFP Committee, between now and the end of the season.

Fresno State linebacker George Helmuth (34) didn't have plans to watch the first CFP rankings come out on television.

Other Big Ten teams in front of the Hawks include #5 MI and #10 Ohio State. The same four teams are Nos.

No. 2 Clemson, behind freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence, is playing some of its best football heading into the final month of the regular season. Northwestern, who the Irish face this week, may be the toughest team left, and the Wildcats already have three home losses, including one to Akron.

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Clemson has now defeated Florida State in four consecutive seasons, marking the first time the Seminoles have ever dropped four-in-a-row to a conference rival (Miami beat them four times in a row but that was before the Hurricanes joined the ACC). Clemson was the only team to be somewhere in the top four in all six rankings from the committee.

15 for the first week in 2015 and No. 5 previous year, and the Sooners were able to make the climb into the final four spots when it mattered most. That will help Notre Dame fight off MI, but there is a chance the Irish could get jumped by a different one loss team. Both of those years, Alabama and Clemson started in the top four and never slipped out.

That year, the committee created a bit of a stir when, in its third ranking, it dropped unbeaten national champion Florida State to No. 3 behind No. 2 OR, which had lost a game. Since dismissing Mike Stoops after the 48-45 loss to Texas three weeks ago, OU has held its previous two opponents (TCU, Kansas State) to under 300 total yards of offense. It seemed to send a signal the committee would be different from traditional polls that tended to honor win-loss record above all. The Seminoles went into the Rose Bowl semifinal as the No. 3 seed and lost to Oregon. Victor could still be a non-factor if it loses in the SEC championship game or before that juncture.

But Western Michigan won its conference championship game, hitting No. 15 in the CFP, and ended up losing to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl.

The Tigers came in behind defending national champion Alabama (8-0, 5-0) and ahead of LSU (7-1, 4-1) and Notre Dame (8-0). There are two top 10 matchups in the SEC this weekend - both on CBS, by the way - and MI plays Penn State.

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