Surprise, surprise. The Alabama Crimson Tide and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s 25/0 touchdown-to-interception ratio are ranked No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season.
Tagovailoa has been absolutely flawless this season as the Heisman frontrunner has yet to be pushed by an opposing defense. But this weekend, the reigning national champions will have to take on a tough LSU team that came out No. 3 in the initial rankings.
That leaves Clemson (8-0) ranked No. 2 and Notre Dame (8-0) ranked No. 4. Michigan (7-1) and Georgia (7-1) are the first two teams out.
College Football Playoff Top Four
1. Alabama (8-0)
2. Clemson (8-0)
3. LSU (7-1)
4. Notre Dame (8-0)
Alabama has been absolutely dominant this season and it is rightfully ranked No. 1 to start the playoff rankings. Where some controversy may lie in the first poll of the season, though, is with Notre Dame and LSU.
LSU (7-1) is ranked No. 3 ahead of Notre Dame (8-0) despite one loss on its resume. The Fighting Irish has already tallied wins over No. 5 Michigan as well as Stanford and Virginia Tech, who were ranked at the time they played.
The Tigers have big wins over No. 6 Georgia and No. 18 Mississippi State, but they took a loss to a Florida team who just lost its second game of the season and were pushed by a 3-4 Vanderbilt team the week before. Fortunately for Notre Dame, LSU may take its second loss this weekend as it faces off with Alabama, but if the Tigers pull an upset, the Fighting Irish may still be looking up at both teams.
College Football Playoff First Two Out
5. Michigan (7-1)
6. Georgia (7-1)
After losing its first game of the year to No. 4 Notre Dame, Michigan has rattled off seven straight victories, including convincing defensive wins over Wisconsin and Michigan State.
Georgia, though, may be a bit confused as it is coming off of a dominant win over No. 11 Florida just last week.
None of Michigan’s victories have come against a ranked opponent, though it does match up with No. 14 Penn State this week, so it could add to its resume and winning streak. But Penn State and Trace McSorley are no easy out, so the Bulldogs may find themselves rising in the rankings soon.
College Football Playoff Top 25 Rankings released Tuesday, Oct. 30
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