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College football rankings: Georgia took first as Michigan and California State University climbed into the top 25

College football rankings: Georgia took first as Michigan and California State University climbed into the top 25

The second edition of the College Football Rankings was released Tuesday night, with Georgia grabbing the top spot with a decisive victory over formerly ranked Tennessee last Saturday. For a dominant start to the 2022 season, the Bulldogs only allow 10.8 points per game with double-digit wins in eight of their nine contests.

However, all is not lost on volunteers. Sliding into fifth, Tennessee still has a chance to advance on the four-team field given the strength of its wins up to this point along with having the best loss in the country. Reminder: All but one of the teams ranked first in the season’s preliminary CFP rankings that eventually made it to the playoff (Mississippi State, 2014).

The unbeaten teams eliminate the top four with Ohio State, Michigan and California State University in the next three places in order. However, even if the Buckeyes and Wolverines make it through the next two weeks unscathed, one of them undefeated will fall on November 26 when the Big Ten rivals meet. The Horned Frogs landed in the top four for the second time in the program’s history (2014).

Despite losing 46 points to top-ranked Georgia in the first week, Oregon edges out USC and UCLA as the top Pac-12 team as the league looks to join the CFP for the first time since 2016. LSU is notably the highest-ranked team with two losses at No. 7 The Bayou Bengals have an inside run against Dawgs in the SEC Championship game, and should LSU win, they’ll have the status of becoming the first team to lose twice to earn the CFP bid.

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The playoffs of Alabama and Clemson are down significantly after losing both to LSU and Notre Dame last week. It’s the first time in the history of the CFP rankings that no software is among the six highest-rated teams in the top 25.

Crimson Tide dropped three places to ninth, effectively taking them out of playoff consideration with two losses, while the Tigers dropped six points to No. 10. Clemson, one loss, still has a chance to jump back into the four-team field. However, given a potential meeting with North Carolina at the ACC Championship game, it could provide a late boost in the ratings. But she may need some help getting there.

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

College football game rankings, November 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. Ole Miss (8-1)
  12. University of California (8-1)
  13. Utah (7-2)
  14. Pennsylvania state (7-2)
  15. North Carolina (8-1)
  16. North Carolina (7-2)
  17. Tolen (8-1)
  18. Texas (6-3)
  19. Kansas State (6-3)
  20. Notre Dame (6-3)
  21. Illinois (7-2)
  22. UCF (7-2)
  23. Florida (6-3)
  24. Kentucky (6-3)
  25. Washington (7-2)

Analysis by gourmet expert Jerry Palm

The Tennessee drop seems a little harsh. He lost on the way to the best team in the country, which frankly, the CFP selection committee should have seen last week. The Vols is the only team in this week’s rankings to have three wins over other teams in the rankings. Two of those came against teams currently in the top 10. Their 27-point win at LSU is the second-best win anyone has had this season behind Georgia’s 46-point win over Oregon.

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Meanwhile, the TCU is finally getting the respect the horned frog feels it deserves. The Big 12 has a quality depth at the top of the conference this season, which helps with the strength of the Frogs schedule. TCU found it difficult to control games the way the committee would like to see them, however, with average scoring margins in FBS games less than half the scoring margins for Georgia, Ohio State and Michigan.

Strange to see Alabama and Clemson so far on the list. This is the first time the committee has released a top 25 team that has not had at least one of those teams in the top four. Tide has been in seven out of eight playoffs to date, while the Tigers have appeared in six. No other team participated in more than four.

Clemson is still hoping to return to the top four eventually. The Tigers had to win to finish 12-1. As a conference champ, Clemson would definitely get serious attention for a spot in the top four at that point.

The road is tougher for Alabama. The tides don’t control their fate at SEC West, so they have to win and lose LSU twice. Then, if Alabama beats Georgia to win the SEC Championship, even at 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’ll only need LSU to lose once to take the oath.

As it stands, LSU is in the best position to become the first losing team to appear in the CFP. The Tigers are going through their schedule, although I wouldn’t take a blind win in Arkansas or Texas A&M. The big hurdle is Georgia, of course.

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The highest-ranked team with absolutely no path to a CFP is 13th-ranked Utah. The Utes could still win the Pac-12 race, but their 11-2 record wouldn’t hold the same weight as the same record for LSU or Alabama.