Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Top 5 doesn't change in second edition of College Football Playoff rankings

Top 5 doesn't change in second edition of College Football Playoff rankings

The top five teams this week, as chosen by the 13-member selection committee, were identical to the top five teams a week ago, with Georgia (9-0) holding the No. 1 spot, followed by No. 2 Alabama (9-0), No. 3 Notre Dame (8-1) and No. 4 Clemson (8-1).

Before being selected as the No. 1 team in the first College Football Playoff poll last week, the last time the Bulldogs were a top-ranked team was in the preseason AP and coaches polls in 2008.

Over the first three seasons of the playoff, a total of five teams have been ranked in the top four of the initial ranking and gone on to reach the semifinals: Florida State (which was second) in 2014; Clemson (first) and Alabama (fourth) in 2015; and Alabama (first) and Clemson (second) in 2016.

"People still think teams qualify for this if they win a conference championship - that's why they get so frustrated and so emotional", Herbstreit said.

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The only competition to unseat Georgia was Alabama, which defeated LSU 24-10.

Rounding out the top 10 in this week's College Football Playoff poll are No. 7 Miami, No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 9 Washington and No. 10 Auburn.

While the latest rankings don't tell us a lot at the top, if we look a little below the surface and dissect it a little bit, we can find something to sink our teeth into. Oklahoma State, which fell to Oklahoma in Week 10, is at No. 15. Oklahoma State 16. Mississippi State 17. OU and TCU will meet in Norman on Saturday. MSU visits #13 Ohio State this Saturday. The College Football Playoff selection committee ranked the Tigers No. 10. Beating both Oklahoma and TCU gives the Cyclones major clout this year.

The biggest gains were made by a pair of Big Ten teams, with Iowa (6-3) going from unranked to No. 20 and Michigan State (7-2) advancing from No. 24 to No. 12 following its victory over Penn State, which dropped to 14th.

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