After much debate, playoff committee ranks Georgia No. 1

With the rankings released on Tuesday night, four teams find themselves in at the moment while everyone else will be chasing them.

Auburn (6-2) was the nation's highest-ranked two-loss team at No. 14 in the initial rankings, with No. 16 Mississippi State (6-2) and No. 19 LSU (6-2) rounding out the SEC's involvement in the Top 25. Notre Dame's loss was a one-point defeat to Georgia.

Although media and coaches' polls have been ranking teams since August, the selection committee's rankings are the ones that count in ultimately deciding which teams qualify for the four-team playoff that determines the national championship. The Tide should finally face some tougher competition with three of their final four games being against now ranked teams. The committee recognized that Clemson played the second half of that game without injured quarterback Kelly Bryant.

ESPN's Greg McElroy took time to address the initial Playoff Rankings, and he believes the committee's work is "outstanding stuff". Also, the so-called eye test matters and the committee has yet to see Iowa State blown off the field like MSU has been twice: Iowa State lost to Texas by 10 and lost to Iowa in overtime.

The College Football Playoff selection committee is even more impressed with the Georgia Bulldogs than the traditional polls are.

An impressive win over a struggling Florida Gators team has the Bulldogs coming in at number two on our list. The three one loss teams directly behind them now all have plenty of opportunities to make an impression on the committee.

Following their week two home loss to the Georgia Bulldogs, many people had already written off the Fighting Irish for this season. Both will have an opportunity to move up if they continue winning.

At the top are two unbeaten SEC teams in Georgia and Alabama. It's the only major poll that has the Sooners ranked higher than the Buckeyes despite the fact OU beat Ohio State in Columbus earlier this season.

I can't say I knew MSU would be ranked because I'm obviously not on the committee, but I felt pretty good about it.

When the season first started, both the Seminoles and Clemson were ranked in the top five nationally and there was serious talk about the ACC sending BOTH teams to the system this year.

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

"We all just watched it as a team just now", Oklahoma linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo said.

  • Angelo Rivera