NCAAF Week 9: RealSport CFP Rankings

NCAAF Week 9: RealSport CFP Rankings

Three years ago, the first College Football Playoff Rankings were released and four teams - Auburn, Florida State, Mississippi State and Ole Miss - not named Alabama were in the top 4.

Should Georgia and Alabama win out, they'll face each other in Atlanta for the SEC title and the top spot in the rankings heading into the playoff.

The 14-member group of honorees includes Boston College's Matt Hasselbeck, Clemson's Homer Jordan, Duke's Bob Harris, the late Monk Bonasorte of Florida State, Georgia Tech's Keith Brooking, Louisville's Joe Jacoby, Miami's Bennie Blades, North Carolina's Brian Simmons, N.C. State's Levar Fisher, Pitt's Jimbo Covert, Syracuse's Tom Coughlin, Virginia's Bob Davis, Virginia Tech's Jim Pyne and Wake Forest's Ryan Plackemeier. Even winning out those games might not be enough to surpass a hypothetical 11-1 Notre Dame team based on how the teams sit now.

CFP committee chair and Texas Tech athletic director Koby Hocutt said on a conference call following the release that OU's head-to-head win over Ohio State mattered very much to the committee.

At the top are two unbeaten SEC teams in Georgia and Alabama.

The ACC announced its 2017 Football Legends class on Tuesday. He was the Hokies' first unanimous All-American when he made all five major teams that were selected in 1993. Washington is the conference's highest-ranked team and the Huskies are ranked at No. 12.

The playoff committee ranked Alabama No. 2, Notre Dame No. 3 and defending national champion Clemson No. 4. Oklahoma, which beat Ohio State in Week 2, is at No. 5, the first team out of the playoff if it began today.

Mayfield is fourth in the race, according to Sports Illustrated's Heisman watch.

Clemson was beaten by Syracuse, which will cause some of the pundits to sneer in the Tigers getting a Top 4 spot. Oklahoma 6. Ohio State 7. Yes, the Sooners had a spectacular victory at Ohio Stadium earlier this year. How can Penn State keep the committee's attention?

Michigan is cognizant of what it has to do if it wants to be a Top 25 team: win games.

Coincidentally, the final team in this top 10 is also the only team from the Pac-12.

Neither will Notre Dame, which seems to get stronger every week.

What a concept: Georgia, not Alabama, is the first No.1 this year. However, they will lose their undefeated status and won't make the Final Four.

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