College football playoff standings: Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson open 1-4 in top 25

The first edition of the college football playoff standings were released Tuesday night with undefeated Tennessee ranked No. 1 in the four-team field. After a dominating start to the 2022 season with a win over Alabama already on their resume, the Volunteers hold the No. 1 spot while making their debut in the CFP rankings as the playoffs open their ninth season in existence.

All but one of the teams ranked No. 1 in the first CFP rankings of a season eventually reached the four-team playoffs (Mississippi State, 2014).

Undefeated teams round out the rest of the top four with Ohio State, defending national champion Georgia and Clemson taking the next three spots. The Bulldogs, looking to become the first consecutive champions in a decade, will face the Vols in a No. 1 vs. No. 3 game at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week.

CFP Selection Committee Chairman Boo Corrigan, NC State’s athletic director, cited “the explosive nature of their offense” as the reason Ohio State finished No. 2 ahead of Georgia.

Close behind those four as the top two out of the playoff field are undefeated Michigan and one-loss Alabama.

The top-most major upset in the standings is the Crimson Tide, whose eight-game win is a one-point victory over current No. 24 Texas. They edge out the undefeated TCU, which has wins over No. 13 Kansas State and No. 18 Oklahoma State with no losses on its resume. The Tigers’ move ahead of the Wolverines was equally unexpected, though Michigan’s weak non-conference roster is a likely reason for its position.

“We are looking for a balanced team, attack and defense, and [TCU] lagged in some games. They were able to come back and win those games. “explained Corrigan.

Unlike last season, when Cincinnati opened at No. 6 in the CFP rankings and ultimately became the first best-of-five team to reach the playoffs, the highest-ranking best-of-five program in this ranking is Tulane at No. 19. This won’t create a scenario in which the green wave can qualify for the playoffs, but in a soon-to-be-introduced expanded 12-team field, Tulane would be in pole position to earn a bid as a potential group champion. of the top five.

Let’s take a look at the entire top 25 of the CFP rankings. Check out balls expert Jerry Palm’s analysis, which will be added below shortly.

College football playoff standings, November 1

  1. Tennessee (8-0)
  2. Ohio State (8-0)
  3. Georgia (8-0)
  4. Clemson (8-0)
  5. Michigan (8-0)
  6. Alabama (7-1)
  7. TCU (8-0)
  8. Oregon (7-1)
  9. USC (7-1)
  10. USL (6-2)
  11. Ole Miss (8-1)
  12. UCLA (7-1)
  13. Kansas State (6-2)
  14. Utah (6-2)
  15. Penn State (6-2)
  16. Illinois (7-1)
  17. North Carolina (7-1)
  18. Oklahoma State (6-2)
  19. Tulane (7-1)
  20. Syracuse (6-2)
  21. Wake Forest (6-2)
  22. NC status (6-2)
  23. Oregon State (6-2)
  24. Texas (5-3)
  25. UCF (6-2)

Analysis by boules expert Jerry Palm

While that’s not in line with our prediction of the top seven teams in the CFP rankings, it’s hard to argue with the order in which the committee chose to rank these teams. I felt these seven teams were grouped into two tiers, the top three (Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia) and the next four (Clemson, Michigan, Alabama, TCU). Any order within these respective groups was justifiable.

Tennessee was awarded for scoring more wins against teams in the standings than either Ohio State or Georgia.

As such, I’m not surprised to see Alabama ahead of an undefeated TCU, especially since Texas also found themselves in the standings. It gave the Crimson Tide a win over a ranked team, and their loss is the best loss anyone can have right now.

You have to go down further in the list before there is a real surprise. LSU at No. 10 seems like a stretch. The Tigers beat Ole Miss well at home, but got drilled by Tennessee (also at home) and lost to unranked Florida State. Only at 14th are Utah’s other teams with losses to opponents not in that ranking.

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No matter where the teams are ranked this week, keep in mind that change is coming. These rankings do not act like the AP Top 25 or the Coaches Poll. It is possible to win and go down or lose and go up (although the latter is less likely).

Take Illinois, for example. The Illini start at No. 16 but have a clearer path to the playoffs than the four two-game losing teams ahead of them. To get there, Illinois must win, which would include a win at Michigan on Nov. 19 and another likely win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game. I didn’t say it was an easier path, but how could the committee deny a 12-1 Big Ten champion with those wins? They couldn’t and probably wouldn’t.

Everything I just said about Illinois would be just as true if it weren’t ranked right now – and that’s why it’s not worth getting upset about early CFP rankings .

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