Committee right to omit Wisconsin from College Football Playoff top 4

Georgia tops Alabama in first College Football Playoff rankings

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.

The Southeastern Conference produced the top two teams Tuesday night in the first college football playoff rankings of the 2017 season, with Georgia being pegged No. 1 by the 13-member selection committee and Alabama No. 2. Notre Dame and Clemson have one loss apiece, with Notre Dame's coming by one point to Georgia.

Committee chairman Kirby Hocutt, the athletic director for Texas Tech, said the Bulldogs had a slight edge over the Crimson Tide due to their victory against the Irish on September 9. That would leave room for the victor of a Clemson-Miami title game to get into the top four.

The playoff committee ranked Alabama No. 2, Notre Dame No. 3 and defending national champion Clemson No. 4.

ESPN's Greg McElroy took time to address the initial Playoff Rankings, and he believes the committee's work is "outstanding stuff".

However, there are some big clashes left on the schedule this year and it's highly likely that a couple of those teams could square off with each other before season's end. How can Penn State keep the committee's attention? How did they respond to being the No. 4 team? Here are eight teams that aren't dead yet and can still make the College Football Playoff.

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Following their week two home loss to the Georgia Bulldogs, many people had already written off the Fighting Irish for this season. " In the six games following the Georgia loss, the Irish have knocked off three different teams that are now ranked in the top 25, all by double digits".

They have only one Power 5 win over a team with a record over.500 (Northwestern). It's the only major poll that has the Sooners ranked higher than the Buckeyes despite the fact OU beat Ohio State in Columbus earlier this season. "Glad to see head-to-head matchups carrying weight", he said, referring to Oklahoma's 31-16 victory against Ohio State.

While it may appear like Mark Richt has Miami back on the map, they could potentially be the most unimpressive undefeated team through the first two months of the season.

"The teams ranked three through seven are very evenly matched", Hocutt said.

The good news is that Miami and Wisconsin have plenty of time to change that.

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