Georgia, Alabama rank 1-2 in first playoff standings

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The Wolverines are not among the top 25 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, which were released Tuesday night.

Saturday, Clemson will play host to No. 19 N.C. State - a team with two losses, but neither in conference play and would win the Atlantic Division tiebreaker over the Tigers with a victory. STATE: Let's talk about that six-game win streak for the Wolfpack in between losses to SC and Notre Dame - those wins didn't do much for them. The full CFP ranking can be found here. Even Notre Dame's "easy games" over the next four weeks are against teams that now have winning records. #4 Clemson faces the same NC State team Notre Dame dispatched 35-14 this weekend in addition to the ACC Championship game.

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

Meanwhile, in the Pac-12, it is pretty much Washington or bust, but the Huskies have a path to 12-1 that is just tough enough to build a solid case to be back in the playoff for a second straight season.

Oklahoma, Ohio State and Penn State were next as the committee members let head-to-head results and strength of schedule be their guide. The three one loss teams directly behind them now all have plenty of opportunities to make an impression on the committee. Many people, including myself, believe there are two teams that are better.

The top four teams in the final CFP rankings will advance to the College Football Playoff, with the top seed facing the No. 4 seed in one semifinal and the Nos. You stop me when you see N.C. State's done that impresses you the way MSU's wins against LSU, Texas A&M and Kentucky did. Wisconsin 10. Miami 11. The Crimson Tide, the only team who has made the College Football Playoff since the format's inception in 2014, is at No. 2.

Oklahoma State started the season 3-0 before dropping a home game against TCU, which climbed to as high as No. 4 in the AP poll after the Horned Frogs won in Stillwater.

With matchups coming up against ranked opponents in Oklahoma State and TCU, the Sooners may finally have the opportunity they have been looking for to jump into the playoff conversation. The strongest team Wisconsin has defeated is Northwestern (5-3) and Miami has only two victories against teams with winning records, Hocutt noted.

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