Alabama No. 1; here's where Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma landed

Marcus Newton
October 31, 2018

Yes, the Wolverines have a loss, but it came on the road against the fourth-ranked team.

Georgia debuted at No. 1 in the first playoff rankings last season, but fell to No. 7 after losing to Auburn two weeks later. But what, if anything, can be learned from the first four years of CFP rankings?

MI is fifth, followed by Georgia and Oklahoma, in the rankings announced Tuesday night. The same four teams are Nos.

Every season, the 13-member CFP committee-which consists of one current athletic director from each Power Five conference, former coaches, players, administrators, and a retired member of the media-releases its Top 25 weekly rankings throughout the back half of the regular season.

Pacing the potent Clemson offense was true freshman starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who started his fourth consecutive game after sharing time with since-departed senior Kelly Bryant during the Tigers' first four contests. No team ranked third in the first CFP rankings has ever made the playoff.

A year ago, Central Florida and Memphis were the only Group of Five programs to hold a spot in the first round of the CFP rankings at Nos. Just ask Ohio State how it felt to win the Big Ten and still lose out to a one-loss Alabama team that didn't even win its own division.

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The Seminoles had a chance to answer after Clemson's go-ahead TD with 2:06 to go, but Francois said the team made too many mistakes and couldn't execute on the final drive. Both of those years, Alabama and Clemson started in the top four and never slipped out. Alabama finishes 11-1.

The very first committee rankings, in 2014, had just one eventual playoff team. LSU then beats the victor of this weekend's Georgia-Kentucky game in the SEC Championship Game. But it seems the committee cares only about resume.

He had a career high 308 yards passing in the North Carolina State beatdown on October 20, a mark that lasted a week after he threw for 314 yards at Florida State - an effort that earned him co-ACC rookie of the week.

Among the eight teams over the past four seasons that were part of the initial committee top four but did not make the playoff, only one was unranked on selection Sunday. Victor could still be a non-factor if it loses in the SEC championship game or before that juncture. In explaining Central Florida's ranking, Mullens said it is the only team in the top 25 without a win against a team over.500.

After the obvious No. 1 in Alabama, the teams at 2-4 are all about the same - in different ways.

Florida State: Visits No. 22 North Carolina State next Saturday, the second of three straight ranked opponents on the schedule.

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