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College Football Playoff Rankings: Georgia takes over No. 1 as Michigan, TCU step up in top 25

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The second edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings was released Tuesday night, and defending national champion Georgia took first place after a decisive win against former No. 1 Tennessee last Saturday. Dominating the start of the 2022 season, the Bulldogs are only 10.8 points per game with double-digit wins in eight of nine competitions.

However, not all is lost for the volunteers. Moving up to 5th place, Tennessee still has a shot at a four-team field given the strength of its wins to this point, as well as the best defeat in the country. Reminder: All but one team placed first in the season’s opening CFP rankings, eventually making the playoffs (2014 Mississippi State).

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Undefeated teams round out the rest of the top four, with Ohio State, Michigan and TCU taking the next three places in order. However, even if the Buckeyes and Wolverines make it through the next two weeks unscathed, one undefeated one will fall on November 26 when the Big Ten rivals meet. Horned Frogs reached the top four for the second time in the program’s history (2014).

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Despite a 46-point loss to new No. 1 Georgia in Week 1, Oregon is ahead of USC and UCLA as the top Pac-12 team, with the league aiming to break into the CFP for the first time since 2016. in particular, the highest-ranked two-loss team at number 7. The Bayou Bengals have an inside route to meet the Dawgs in the SEC Championship Game and, if LSU wins, they have a chance of becoming the first two-loss team. to earn a CFP bet.

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Playoff stalwarts Alabama and Clemson have dropped noticeably after their respective losses to LSU and Notre Dame last week. This is the first time in the history of the CFP rankings that no program is among the top six ranked teams in the top 25 editions.

The Crimson Tide are down three spots to No. 9, effectively eliminating them from consideration in the playoffs with two losses, while the Tigers are down six spots to No. 10. Clemson, with one loss, still has an opportunity to return to the field with four commands. , however, with a potential meeting with North Carolina in the ACC Championship game, the rankings could go up at a later stage. But you may need help getting there.

Let’s take a look at all the top 25 in the CFP rankings. Check out bowl expert Jerry Palm’s analysis below.

College Football Playoff Ranking November 8

  1. Georgia (9-0)
  2. Ohio State (9-0)
  3. Michigan (9-0)
  4. TKU (9-0)
  5. Tennessee (8-1)
  6. Oregon (8-1)
  7. LSU (7-2)
  8. USC (8-1)
  9. Alabama (7-2)
  10. Clemson (8-1)
  11. Ole Miss (8-1)
  12. UCLA (8-1)
  13. Utah (7-2)
  14. Penn State (7-2)
  15. North Carolina (8-1)
  16. North Carolina (7-2)
  17. Tulane (8-1)
  18. Texas (6-3)
  19. Kansas State (6-3)
  20. Our Lady (6-3)
  21. Illinois (7-2)
  22. UKF (7-2)
  23. Florida State (6-3)
  24. Kentucky (6-3)
  25. Washington (7-2)

Analysis by bowl expert Jerry Palm

The fall of Tennessee seems a bit abrupt. He lost on his way to the best team in the country, which, frankly, the CFP Selection Committee should have seen last week. Vols is the only team in this week’s rankings to have three wins over other teams in the rankings. Two of them were played against teams currently in the top 10. Their 27-point win at LSU is the second-best win by anyone this season, behind Georgia’s 46-point victory over Oregon.

Meanwhile, TCU is finally getting the respect the Horned Frogs think they deserve. This season, the Big 12 are leading the conference, helping the Frogs to solidify their schedule. However, TCU had a hard time dominating the games the way the committee would have liked, with an average scoring difference in FBS games less than half the scoring difference for Georgia, Ohio State, and Michigan.

It’s strange to see Alabama and Clemson so far down the list. This is the first time the committee has published a top 25 with at least one of those teams not in the top four. Tide has appeared in seven of the eight playoffs so far, while the Tigers have appeared in six. No other team has participated in more than four.

Clemson still has hope of returning to the top four at the end. The Tigers would have to win to finish 12-1. As a conference champion, Clemson will certainly get some serious attention for a top four spot at the time.

The road for Alabama is harder. Tide has no control over their fate in the SEC West, so they must win and LSU lose twice. Then, if Alabama beats Georgia to win the SEC championship, even 11-2, it will return to the CFP. Ole Miss is in a better position as Alabama because the Rebels only have one loss so they only need LSU to lose once to take the division.

As it stands, LSU is in the best position to be the first two-loss team to appear in the CFP. The Tigers have a busy schedule, though I wouldn’t blindly record wins in Arkansas or Texas A&M. The big obstacle, of course, is Georgia.

The highest ranked team with no path to the CFP is Utah at number 13. The Utah can still win the Pac-12, but their 11-2 record won’t carry the same weight as the same record for LSU or Alabama . .


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