Ohio St., UGA, Michigan, FSU atop CFP rankings
Andrea Adelson, ESPN Elder WriterOct 31, 2023, 07:17 PM ET
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- Graduate of the University of Florida.Ohio State took the No. 1 area in the first College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night, while two-time defending nationwide champion Georgia is ideal behind at No. 2. Michigan, under NCAA investigation amidst sign-stealing claims
, is No. 3, while Florida State is No. 4 and Washington is No. 5. Oregon is the top-ranked one-loss team in the rankings at No. 6, and No. 7 Texas is one area ahead of Alabama thanks to the strength of the Longhorns’head-to-head win over the Crimson Tide in September.”We looked at it, the big win
over Notre Dame, and the win over Penn State, and they have difference-makers on offense,”CFP chair Boo Corrigan stated of the Buckeyes on ESPN’s rankings release show.” We took a look at it; Ohio State was worthy of to be No. 1. “Ranking Rec.1. Ohio State 8-0 2. Georgia
8-0 3. Michigan 8-0 4. Florida State 8-0 5. Washington 8-0 6. Oregon 7-1 7. Texas 7-1 8. Alabama 7-1 9 . Oklahoma 7-1 10. Ole Miss 7-1 11. Penn State 7-1 12. Missouri 7-1 13. Louisville 7-1 14. LSU 6-2 15. Notre Dame 7-2 16. Oregon State 6-2 17. Tennessee 6-2 18. Utah 6-2 19 . UCLA 6-2 20. Southern California 7-2 21. Kansas 6-2 22. Oklahoma State 6-2 23. Kansas State 6-2 24. Tulane 7-1 25. Air Force 8-0 With five undefeated Power 5 teams headed into the very first rankings , the greatest question was how the committee would select to separate them. Plainly, strength of schedule played a big function.”As a group, the 13 of us in the room, we felt this was the order for the leading 4 slots,”Corrigan said.The Buckeyes have actually played a much more powerful schedule to date than Georgia. They have 2
top-15 success, over Penn State(No. 11)and Notre Dame (No. 15 ). Georgia has zero top-25 victories and a strength of schedule that ranks No. 100, according to ESPN metrics. The Bulldogs have only beaten two FBS teams
with winning records.Michigan has played an even weaker schedule than Georgia, ranking No. 111. Those metrics will alter in the coming weeks
, however, as both groups will hit the hardest part of their particular schedules. Georgia has games against No. 12 Missouri, No. 10 Ole Miss and No. 17 Tennessee over the next 3 weeks. Michigan has No. 11 Penn State and No. 1 Ohio State remaining.Once again, that rivalry match between the Buckeyes and Wolverines might have huge implications for the playoff. Corrigan likewise made reference to Michigan’s examination on the show and what it may indicate down the line.” We truly view it as an NCAA issue and not a CFP concern,”Corrigan said.”At this point in time, when we’re looking at it, we wish to discover the top 4 groups. “When It Comes To Florida State and Washington, though the Huskies have the better victory (over No. 6 Oregon ), they have struggled over the previous two weeks versus losing groups– needing late resurgences versus Arizona State and Stanford to dominate. Like Georgia and Michigan, Washington has significant matchups showing up that could assist its strength of schedule, particularly when compared to Florida State.
“It’s precisely that. It’s preliminary. As quickly as the season is passing, there’s a great deal of football to be played,”Washington coach Kalen DeBoer said on the show.”
We’ve done what we have actually needed to do. And this next month for us is going to be a big month for us.”The Huskies have No. 20 USC, No. 18 Utah and No. 16 Oregon State coming up.Editor’s Picks 2 Associated “We remain in a different area than we were a year ago. There’s a target on our backs,”DeBoer stated.” We really need to rise up, and so far, we have.”When it comes to the Seminoles, they only have one top-25 triumph, over No. 14 LSU. Playing in a league– the ACC– with only one other ranked group (No. 13 Louisville)has actually not seemed to have actually impacted the way the committee sees the Seminoles. Florida State and Louisville do not play each other in the regular season
, suggesting the Seminoles have no ranked teams staying on their schedule.
“There’s a lot [included], and we have three brand-new committee members that remain in the room, “Corrigan said.” The most significant thing is that we get it ideal which we’re comfortable with where we are. Taking a look at Washington, there was a bit of issue. “As for the other undefeated team that is eligible for the postseason, Air Force (8-0) was available in ranked at No. 25. However the Falcons are not the top-ranked Group of 5 school. In spite of a loss, Tulane( 7-1 )is just ahead of Flying force, at No. 24.