MI (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) wasn't a realistic shot to make the first CFP rankings, even though the Top 25 includes 10 teams with two losses. A mere 16 minutes into the show, the entire top 25 had been revealed.
The Wolverines can also put themselves in position to play the spoiler, which can help boost its rankings stock. At least major ones. The ACC could have Clemson with one loss and unbeaten Miami - though unbeaten Miami would mean another loss for Notre Dame.
Left out of the top four were Ohio State (7-1), which beat Penn State (7-1) this past weekend and is No. 3 in the AP poll, and Wisconsin (8-0), which is ranked No. 4 in the AP poll.
Meantime, Miami (No. 10), UCF (No. 18) and even USF (unranked) still control their respective destinies.
Georgia (8-0), which is ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll, was placed No. 1 by the panel that does the CFP rankings. STATE: Let's talk about that six-game win streak for the Wolfpack in between losses to SC and Notre Dame - those wins didn't do much for them. Alabama has no victory against a CFP top-25 team. Oklahoma 6. Ohio State 7.
These initial rankings also give us an indication that the committee values convincing wins very highly.
"The first ranking in our eyes came out just now with our top 25". Alabama was No. 6 in the inaugural rankings three years ago but ascended to No. 1 before losing to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl national semifinal.
"But at this point in the season, that head-to-head is important to the selection committee and will continue to be important to the selection committee". One of Miamis wins was against Division I-AA Bethune-Cookman, and its 24-20 win against FSU (2-5) has lost some of its sparkle. Virginia Tech 14. Auburn 15. This initial ranking not only gives us some insight into what the committee values, but it also gives us a pretty good idea that IF Notre Dame were to win out, the Irish are nearly assuredly going to make the playoffs. "Everybody's hungry. We feel like our foot's in the door, so we want to go ahead and make it happen". "If we lose well go down, thats all there is to it". Ohio State (7-1) rallied to beat Penn State (7-1) last Saturday, 39-38. Both teams are 8-0.
Georgia and Alabama are unbeaten and now on course to meet in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.