Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide are on top of the world of college football again as they are No. 1 in the first CFP rankings of the year. "By comparison, Notre Dame has three such wins". OU has just one win over a team in the committee's top 25 - No. 24 Iowa State. The Cotton and Orange Bowls will host the 2018 CFP semifinals, leaving the Rose Bowl available to a Pac-12 champion that misses the Playoff and giving the Fiesta Bowl a potential opening for another Pac-12 team.
Being one of the top four teams in 2007 became a curse, and nobody wanted to hold on to their spot.
The playoff team that made the longest climb from first committee ranking to final was Ohio State, which started 16th in 2014 and made the semifinals as the fourth seed - and won the championship.
The College Football Playoff rankings have made their triumphant return, here to appease the "we don't get no respect" masses.
With one-loss Oklahoma at No. 7 and one-loss Washington State at No. 8, the 13 members of the selection committee have given those conference front-runners more credit than the court of public opinion.
"When you look at a team's resume, you look at every piece of it", Mullens said. After beating a solid Maryland team 23-0, the Hawks only advanced one more spot up #18. The next teams to follow should be some mix of the Michigan Wolverines, LSU Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, and the Oklahoma Sooners. MI hosts Penn State, which came in at 14. As expected, though, Clemson remained at the two spot, trailing behind reigning national champion Alabama.
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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.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney spoke about the playoff rankings earlier Tuesday during his weekly press conference.
In the below table, you'll find our betting power ratings, which you can use to create point spreads for a hypothetical matchup between any two teams.
Despite being 6-2 and being just a few plays away from an undefeated record, it didn't feel like the Iowa football team was getting the love they deserved.
The final rankings are revealed on December 2, when the playoff matchups and teams going to the New Year's Six bowls are announced.