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The primary rankings from the School Soccer Playoff committee have been launched Tuesday night with some surprises among the many prime 4 groups.
On the prime are two unbeaten SEC groups Georgia and Alabama. The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide are in reverse order in main polls. Nevertheless, committee chairman Kirby Hocutt famous Georgia’s wins towards No. three Notre Dame and No. sixteen Mississippi State as the rationale for placing Kirby Sensible’s workforce forward of the Alabama, which has no wins amongst groups within the Prime 25 within the rankings.
Notre Dame’s one-level loss to the Bulldogs did not cease the Irish from taking the third spot. The Irish have appeared dominant in wins towards Michigan State, Southern California and North Carolina State, all of that are within the rankings.
Clemson is No. four. The Tigers had three massive wins in September towards Auburn, Louisville and Virginia Tech earlier than a shock loss to Syracuse.
Simply lacking out on the highest 4 are Oklahoma and Ohio State. The Sooners obtained the sting on the Buckeyes on the idea of their victory in Columbus final month.
Rounding out the highest 10 are Penn State, TCU, Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.). The Badgers and Hurricanes are unbeaten however are behind six different groups with one loss as a result of their lack of high quality wins. Each could have a chance to maneuver up in the event that they proceed profitable.
FINAL WHISTLE: Get ready for outrage at committee’s first ranking
While much emphasis is placed on the initial rankings, it is notable to point out only five teams in the previous three years of the College Football Playoff made the field after starting in the top four. Seven teams started outside that top four and two of those were outside the top 10.
The top four teams in final rankings on Dec. 3 will play in the semifinals. Those two games will be played in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.
The championship game will be played on Jan. 8 in Atlanta at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
College Football Playoff committee Top 25
1. Georgia (8-0)
2. Alabama (8-0)
3. Notre Dame (7-1)
4. Clemson (7-1)
5. Oklahoma (7-1)
6. Ohio State (7-1)
7. Penn State (7-1)
8. TCU (7-1)