Georgia is ranked #1 in first College Football Playoff poll

Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway, Booger McFarland and Jesse Palmer gathered around the table to present the first College Football Playoff rankings show of the 2017 season on Halloween night, officially launching us into the month that ultimately develops and crowns champions.

The rankings were released early Tuesday evening. Georgia and Alabama have been dominant for much of the season with an opportunity to improve their resumes over the final four games of the season. Wake Forest is 5-3 and Navy is 5-2.

Notre Dame (7-1) lost to Georgia by a point, but owns a 20-point win over Michigan State, a 35-point win over USC and a 21-point victory over North Carolina State. They beat the latter, 49-10, back in September. Still, the teams that didn't make it in the top four this week will still have plenty of time to get in.

Notre Dame is not totally safe though. Hocutt noted those three victories against teams in the committee's top 25, along with the close loss to Georgia as the reason for the Irish being the highest ranked in a group of one-loss teams from three to seven. #4 Clemson faces the same NC State team Notre Dame dispatched 35-14 this weekend in addition to the ACC Championship game.

Rounding out the top 10 are Penn State, TCU, Wisconsin and Miami (Fla.).

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Wisconsin still has MI and another chance against a Big Ten East powerhouse if it gets back to Indianapolis. Being undefeated to the committee means nothing if you aren't playing multiple good teams.

"Auburn, if they were somehow able to knock off Georgia and Alabama, sitting there with two losses?"

A couple of games played during week two of the season had a major effect on the first College Football Playoff rankings.

The rest of the top 10 was TCU at eight, followed by unbeatens Wisconsin and Miami. That loss could prove to be the difference in Penn State reaching the College Football Playoff this season, considering their remaining schedule is not overwhelmingly impressive..

Just when everyone thinks they know which way the rankings are going, they tend to have some surprises. LSU's win over Syracuse is better than anything MSU has done in the non-conference and LSU's win over Auburn is better than any win MSU has, but that's about the only two respectable wins LSU has. A repeat performance like we saw in 2015 when Notre Dame looked lethargic at home against Wake and the Irish open themselves up to some reseeding next week already.

  • Lawrence Cooper