Georgia No. 1 over Alabama in initial CFP rankings

Georgia No. 1 over Alabama in initial CFP rankings

Georgia No. 1 over Alabama in initial CFP rankings

Two former Crimson Tide players told SEC Country via email that the CFP committee did coach Nick Saban a favor by ranking his team No. 2 behind No. 1 Georgia heading into the regular season's final month.

Sporting News took a poll Tuesday afternoon asking which team would be left out of the top four among Notre Dame (7-1), Clemson (7-1), Oklahoma (7-1) and Ohio State (7-1). Ohio State (7-1) 7. Here are eight teams that aren't dead yet and can still make the College Football Playoff.

Georgia already has wins against Notre Dame and No. 16 Mississippi State.

These initial rankings also give us an indication that the committee values convincing wins very highly. The Fighting Irish (7-1) have not lost since, including blowouts of Michigan State (24th), Southern California (17th) and North Carolina State (20th).

The Sooners are ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 while the Cowboys are No. 11. #4 Clemson faces the same NC State team Notre Dame dispatched 35-14 this weekend in addition to the ACC Championship game. Being undefeated to the committee means nothing if you aren't playing multiple good teams. Ohio State (7-1) rallied to beat Penn State (7-1) last Saturday, 39-38. The Sooners' only loss came while ranked No. 3 against then-unranked Iowa State in Norman, a defeat that knocked Oklahoma out of the top 10 in the AP poll.

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"We all just watched it as a team just now", Oklahoma linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo said. "We were all just jumping around yelling. Everybody's hungry. We feel like our foot's in the door, so we want to go ahead and make it happen".

The final spot in the top four went to Clemson, the defending national champions. The Tigers and Tide played for the last two national titles, with each winning one.

The College Football Playoff Committee raised a few eyebrows on Tuesday night when they ranked Notre Dame 3rd in their first set of rankings over every other 1-loss team and the two unbeatens who have yet to really beat anyone - Miami and Wisconsin.

Wisconsin and Miami fans are likely outraged given they are the other two remaining unbeaten teams in the Power 5 conference and sit at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Alabama has no victory against a CFP top-25 team. The Tigers had three big wins in September against Auburn, Louisville and Virginia Tech before a surprise loss to Syracuse.

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