LSU ranked #3 in 2018's first CFB playoff rankings

Jeremiah Holloman

Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide are on top of the world of college football again as they are No. 1 in the first CFP rankings of the year.

Not to mention they would still need to have Notre Dame lose at least once as well. Most notably, it appears Notre Dame is the biggest roadblock toward OU being able to punch its ticket for the third time in four years.

In the SEC, West division teams Alabama (8-0) and LSU (7-1) are in the Top 4 together in the latest poll. "However, they're the only team in the country that has not played a game against a team that now has a winning record, and you saw that we ranked UCF No. 12". What teams do you think were left off and do you agree with the top four 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.

The top four at the end of the season advance to the College Football Playoff.

Committee chair Rob Mullens, the OR athletic director, cited the strong record against opponents with a winning record for LSU, the only team in the top four with a loss.

As we said above, we will keep you posted every Tuesday night when new rankings are posted.

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The CFP committee rated the Irish one spot lower than most expected. At some point during that year-end span, nine different teams - Ohio State, LSU, Oregon, Oklahoma, Missouri, West Virginia, Georgia, USC, and even Kansas - were ranked within the top four.

The Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual is a contract bowl which historically pits the Big Ten champ against the Pac-12 champ, which is projected in this ranking to be No. 5 MI against No. 8 Washington State.

The teams at the top of the initial rankings will likely get jumbled up after this weekend simply because of the Alabama-LSU and Georgia-Kentucky games.

Tonight, a little more love was thrown their way after the College Football Playoff committee placed Iowa as the #16 team in the nation.

But Michigan can do the same in the final week of the regular season by beating Ohio State.

The committee has been criticized - by supporters of Central Florida, for example - for not ranking teams from outside the Power Five conferences high enough.

Despite being 6-2 and being just a few plays away from an undefeated record, it didn't feel like the Iowa football team was getting the love they deserved. All in all, Oklahoma has the best shot at getting close to the top four in these Playoff rankings.

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