Will ACC be left out of College Football Playoff for 2017 season?

Georgia tops Alabama in first College Football Playoff rankings

Entering Tuesday, the Hokies (7-1, 3-1 ACC) control their own destiny when it comes to the Coastal and, dubbed No. 13 in the rankings by the committee, could vie for one of the playoff spots (if a few dominoes fall in their favor along the way). Wisconsin and Miami were the bottom two teams in the top ten behind one-loss teams Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and TCU. STATE: Let's talk about that six-game win streak for the Wolfpack in between losses to SC and Notre Dame - those wins didn't do much for them.

Although media and coaches' polls have been ranking teams since August, the selection committee's rankings are the ones that count in ultimately deciding which teams qualify for the four-team playoff that determines the national championship. Notre Dame 4. Clemson 5.

ESPN's Greg McElroy took time to address the initial Playoff Rankings, and he believes the committee's work is "outstanding stuff". The Crimson Tide won the four-team playoff over Clemson after the 2015 season and were the runners-up last season. Both teams are 8-0.

MI (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) wasn't a realistic shot to make the first CFP rankings, even though the Top 25 includes 10 teams with two losses. Notre Dame on the other hand has beaten three teams now in the top 25 by 20 or more points. LSU's win over Syracuse is better than anything MSU has done in the non-conference and LSU's win over Auburn is better than any win MSU has, but that's about the only two respectable wins LSU has. How did they respond to being the No. 4 team? The three one loss teams directly behind them now all have plenty of opportunities to make an impression on the committee. That's probably the cut off of teams that could actually make the College Football Playoff, given no two-loss team has made it before.

Georgia has sharply improved in Kirby Smart's second season in Athens, with his debut year yielding an 8-5 record and a trip to the Liberty Bowl.

Notre Dame, which lost at home by one to the Bulldogs in Week 2 is at No. 3. A Michigan State upset of Ohio State and/or a NC State upset of Clemson this weekend would be be double whammys for the Irish.

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

Coincidentally, the final team in this top 10 is also the only team from the Pac-12. "Glad to see head-to-head matchups carrying weight", he said, referring to Oklahoma's 31-16 victory against Ohio State.



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