First installment of the College Football Playoff rankings revealed — JUST IN

First installment of the College Football Playoff rankings revealed — JUST IN

The Oklahoma and Oklahoma State football teams are ranked No. 5 and No. 11, respectively, in the first College Football Playoff ranking of 2017.

Before anybody starts planning a budget for playoff tickets, you should know history (albeit a small sample size to pull from with three previous seasons) is not on Georgia's side.

Georgia at No. 1, Alabama at No. 2.

The playoff committee ranked Alabama No. 2, Notre Dame No. 3 and defending national champion Clemson No. 4. At this point in 2015, the eventual semifinalist Oklahoma was No. 15, while in the committee's first rankings in 2014, Ohio State was 16th - and went on to win the title.

Georgia was the lone slip-up for Notre Dame, which has caught fire as of late.

The committee emphasizes an admirable strength of schedule, and, in particular, a team's willingness to play a difficult out-of-conference schedule, even if the team does not have a 100 percent success rate. Ohio State's marquee non-conference game was a dud.

How about Ole Miss, the team that had given the Tide problems the last several seasons? 2 Penn State at home last week.

But this isn't exactly a surprise, either. If Ohio State runs the table, it has a valid argument to be in the Top 4. In addition to All-America honors, Pyne was named winner of the Dudley Award as Virginia's player of the year.

The selection committee will have five more rankings, including the final set Sunday, December 3. Cue the outrage, right?

What better way to spend your Halloween than scouring over the College Football Playoff protocol? Now, with the Noles tanking and Clemson already with one loss, that scenario is out the window and officials will be happy with one team dancing. Notre Dame and Clemson have one loss apiece, with Notre Dame's coming by one point to Georgia. "Those things can change every week".

They have only one Power 5 win over a team with a record over.500 (Northwestern).

That is, if both teams get past this weekend.

Having SEC teams in the top two spots undoubtedly will be unpopular in other conferences.

This is what makes debate so fun. Central Florida beat Memphis earlier this season, 40-13, in Orlando. To be honest, I'm really not. They didn't do that. Oklahoma 6. Ohio State 7.

Yet, the rest of the world sees LSU as a three-touchdown underdog, a team that just thought it could show up against Troy and the Trojans would surrender the victory.

The top-ranked Group of Five team is unbeaten UCF, which is 18th.

There is still time for seeming longshots to make it into the playoff, though.

We'll see if that's how I feel in a week.

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