College Football Playoff rankings: Georgia takes over No. 1 as Michigan, TCU moves into top 25

College Football Playoff rankings: Georgia takes over No. 1 as Michigan, TCU moves into top 25

College Football Playoff rankings: Georgia takes over No. 1 as Michigan, TCU moves into top 25

The second edition of the College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday night, with defending national champion Georgia taking over the No. 1 spot after a decisive victory over previously ranked No. 1 Tennessee last Saturday. In a dominant start to the 2022 season, the Bulldogs are allowing just 10.8 points per game while winning by double figures in eight of nine contests.

However, all is not lost for the volunteers. Slipping to No. 5, Tennessee still has a chance to make the four-team field given the strength of its wins thus far, with the best loss in the nation. Reminder: All but one team that was ranked No. 1 in the CFP’s opening season rankings ended up making the playoffs (Mississippi State, 2014).

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

Despite a 46-point loss to new No. 1 Georgia in Week 1, Oregon is ahead of USC and UCLA as the top-ranked Pac-12 team with the league looking to make the CFP for the first time since 2016. LSU is notably the top-ranked two-loss team at No. 7. The Bayou Bengals have the inside scoop on meeting the Dawgs in the SEC Championship Game, and if LSU wins, they’ll have a chance to become the first two-loss team to earn a CFP bid.

Playoff powerhouses Alabama and Clemson both dropped significantly after losing to LSU and Notre Dame last week. It 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 edition.

The Crimson Tide fell three spots to No. 9, effectively eliminating them from playoff consideration with two losses, while the Tigers fell six spots to No. 10. Clemson still has a chance to get back into the four-team field. , however, with a potential matchup with North Carolina in the ACC Championship Game, could see a late surge in ratings. But it might take some help getting there.

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

College Football Playoff Rankings, Nov. 8

  1. Georgia (9-0)
  2. Ohio State (9-0)
  3. Michigan (9-0)
  4. TCU (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. Be Miss (8-1)
  12. UCLA (8-1)
  13. Utah (7-2)
  14. Penn State (7-2)
  15. North Carolina (8-1)
  16. NC State (7-2)
  17. Tulane (8-1)
  18. Texas (6-3)
  19. Kansas State (6-3)
  20. Lady (6-3)
  21. Illinois (7-2)
  22. UCF (7-2)
  23. Florida State (6-3)
  24. Kentucky (6-3)
  25. Washington (7-2)

Analysis by bowl expert Jerry Palma

Tennessee’s fall is a bit harsh. He lost on the road to the best team in the country, which frankly the CFP Selection Committee should have seen last week. The Vols are the only team in this week’s rankings with three wins over the other teams in the rankings. Two of those came against teams currently ranked in the top 10. Their 27-point win at LSU is the second-best win of the season behind Georgia’s 46-point win over Oregon.

TCU, meanwhile, is finally getting the respect the Horned Frogs feel they deserve. The Big 12 has quality depth at the top of the conference this season, which helps the Frogs’ strength of schedule. TCU has found it difficult to dominate games the way the committee likes to see, however, with the average margin in FBS games less than half a point to 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 released a top 25 that did not have at least one of those teams in the top four. The Tide has been to seven of eight playoff appearances so far, while the Tigers have appeared in six. No other team has been in more than four.

Clemson still has hopes of eventually returning to the top four. The Tigers would have to win to finish 12-1. As the conference champion, Clemson would certainly receive serious consideration for a top-four finish at that point.

The road is tougher for Alabama. The Tide don’t control their own destiny in the SEC West, so they have to win out and LSU lose twice. Then, if Alabama beats Georgia to win the SEC Championship, even at 11-2, it would be back in the CFP. Ole Miss is in a better position than Alabama because the Rebels have only one loss, so they would only need one LSU loss to take over the division.

As it stands, LSU is in prime position to become the first two-loss team to appear in the CFP. The Tigers are a staple of their schedule, though I wouldn’t blindly credit wins to Arkansas or Texas A&M. The big obstacle is, of course, Georgia.

The highest-ranked team without any CFP berth is Utah at No. 13. The Utes could still win the Pac-12, but their 11-2 record wouldn’t carry the same weight as that same record for LSU or Alabama.

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