Where do the Longhorns belong in the first CFP Poll

Where do the Longhorns belong in the first CFP Poll

With the way that the College Football Playoff Committee feels about the SEC, you could nearly feel it coming, so when MI football was ranked outside the top five Tuesday, in the first edition of the playoff rankings, it shouldn't have surprised anyone.

Undefeated UCF, which was ranked No. 12, was the top team from the Group of 5 conferences. "In comparison, Notre Dame has three such wins".

Clemson (8-0) came in at No. 2, followed by another SEC team in LSU (7-1) at No. 3 and Notre Dame (8-0) at No. 4.

The top four teams were no surprise. Strength of schedule, team records, head-to-head results, and eventually championships all factor into the committee's decisions.

While the top four is what counts in the College Football Playoff, the system has only been around for five years.

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.

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"Again, when you look at a team's resume', you look at every piece of it", Mullens said. The people that are talking about how great you are and the only team that can do this or do that, or whatever, and then you go lay an egg. Respectively, Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma, Washington State, Kentucky and Ohio State round out the top 10, while undefeated UCF comes in at No. 12. As expected, though, Clemson remained at the two spot, trailing behind reigning national champion Alabama.

Coincidentally, the inaugural rankings set the tone for two playoff teams clashing when No. 1 Alabama plays No. 3 LSU in Baton Rouge. As ESPN's Joey Galloway put it on the air: "Ohio State and MI will be the biggest Northwestern fans on the planet".

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

LSU, which has wins over Miami, Auburn, Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech, Georgia and Mississippi State, hosts Alabama Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.

Some college football fans may remember the 2007 season, which was fantastic from a perspective of playing hot potato with the highest rankings in the country. "Impressive opening-season win over MI".

The significance of this year's CFP rankings is the Utes' potential landing spot in a New Year's Six game - likely the Fiesta Bowl - if they fail to win the Pac-12 championship game and qualify for the Rose Bowl. 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. So the rankings, for better or worse, make sense.

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