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Buckeyes Open at No. 1 in Initial College Football Playoff Rankings

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Ohio State has opened at No. 1 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night.

No team that has opened at No. 1 since the rankings’ inception in 2014 has won the College Football Playoff.

The LSU Tigers opened at No. 2. The rest of the top six went No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Penn State, No. 5 Clemson, and No. 6 Georgia.

LSU is led by former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow. Many thought they would be given the top spot in the rankings on the basis of wins over ranked opponents No. 10 Florida and No. 12 Auburn. Their Texas win early in the season has lost a bit of luster, however.

The Buckeyes, meanwhile, have decisive wins over No. 17 Cincinnati and No. 16 Wisconsin.

“When you watch Ohio State, they have performed at a very consistent level,” said committee chair Rob Mullens, while also citing the dominance of junior defensive end Chase Young.

Penn State has two ranked wins — No. 18 Iowa and No. 14 Michigan — both by one possession.

The best win for the undefeated Crimson Tide to this point is unranked Texas A&M, who was hanging on at No. 24 in the polls when the two teams met last month.

Clemson’s best win is also Texas A&M, who is now 6-3 on the season. This is the main reason they were left out of the top four, along with their one-point win over North Carolina.

Georgia has two wins against ranked opponents, with a six-point win over No. 15 Notre Dame and a seven-point win over No. 10 Florida. A 20-17 loss to South Carolina — who is now 4-5 on the season — four weeks ago, currently has the Bulldogs on the outside looking in.

The committee will have a teleconference later tonight to answer questions about the rankings. We will have more following that media session.

Here is the entire initial Top 25 College Football Playoff Rankings.

1. Ohio State (8-0)

2. LSU (8-0)

3. Alabama (8-0)

4. Penn State (8-0)

5. Clemson (9-0)

6. Georgia (7-1)

7. Oregon (8-1)

8. Utah (8-1)

9. Oklahoma (7-1)

10. Florida (7-2)

11. Auburn (7-2)

12. Baylor (8-0)

13. Wisconsin (6-2)

14. Michigan (7-2)

15. Notre Dame (6-2)

16. Kansas State (6-2)

17. Minnesota (8-0)

18. Iowa (6-2)

19. Wake Forest (7-1)

20. Cincinnati (7-1)

21. Memphis (8-1)

22. Boise State (7-1)

23. Oklahoma State (6-3)

24. Navy (7-1)

25. SMU (8-1)

2 Responses

    1. We’ll see. Has #1 ever been moved to #2 in the 2nd poll after winning that week? Have they been moved to #2 after winning by x number of points?

      If not, maybe that’s the voodoo that needs to happen to make this the first year #1 in the first poll wins the whole shebang!

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