Hawkeyes appear in first College Football Playoff Ranking

The First 2019 College Football Playoff Poll Is Out And You’ll Never Guess Who’s No. 1! (It’s Alabama)

Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame earn the top 4 spots of the College Football Playoff rankings as MI and Georgia sit at No. 5 and No. 6.

The Hawkeyes are the fourth highest ranked two-loss team in the nation behind #11 Florida, #14 Penn State, and #15 Utah.

The LSU Tigers came in at No. 3 like many experts predicted. The last one, on December 2, will determine the matchups for the national semifinal games and the New Year's Six bowl games.

Alabama is No. 1, followed by Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame to round out the top four. How did the committee settle on these three three-loss teams and why are they favored over other one- or two-loss teams?

This is far from being anything like what the final rankings will be, but it's a good insight into seeing where teams are positioned so far.

Not much changes as we narrow its purview to teams that have a chance to make the College Football Playoff.

With one-loss Oklahoma at No. 7 and one-loss Washington State at No. 8, the 13 members of the selection committee have given those conference front-runners more credit than the court of public opinion.

"I'm not curious at all, because we all know the end is what matters and. you'll fall pretty quick if you get caught up in it", Smart said of the rankings. If it's a home game, you can give the host a standard three points or use our home-field advantage measures, which give fewer than three points for most teams.

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Other Big Ten teams in front of the Hawks include #5 MI and #10 Ohio State.

The rankings, formulated by the NCAA's playoff committee, are based on current resumes and in turn the poll is essentially reset and re-ranked each week.

Switching to the Big 10, Michigan (7-1) leads the way at No. 5 after recent wins over Wisconsin and rival Michigan State. He will be on the call Saturday night for Alabama at LSU.

In 2015 and '16, two teams in the committee's first four made the playoff.

Georgia lost to LSU, has a win over No. 11 Florida and plays at No. 9 Kentucky on Saturday. Just ask Ohio State how it felt to win the Big Ten and still lose out to a one-loss Alabama team that didn't even win its own division.

The committee has been criticized - by supporters of Central Florida, for example - for not ranking teams from outside the Power Five conferences high enough. A&M closes the season with a showdown against No. 3 LSU. MI is also at Ohio State later this season.

Ranking teams is a time-honored tradition in college football, going back to first Associated Press poll in 1936.

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