Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State Lead College Football Playoff Rankings

MIAMI, FL – Alabama grabbed No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings released live on ESPN on Tuesday night, but it was shocking to see BYU at No. 14 to start the rankings, despite a 9-0 start to its season.

The Crimson Tide (7-0) have been dominate thus far this season and it is not surprising to see the SEC powerhouses starting the rankings as the top team. Alabama tops the College Football Rankings for the first time since the final rankings of the 2018 season, according to ESPN Stats and Information. No team has been ranked atop the CFP rankings more than Alabama, which is now there for the 19th time.

Alabama, as expected, starts the initial rankings ahead of fellow undefeated club Notre Dame (8-0) at No. 2, with Clemson (7-1), despite losing once already this season, sitting at No. 3 and Ohio State (4-0) rounding out the top four at No. 4.

Many were surprised to see Clemson ahead of Ohio State, but it’s clear the selection committee thinks the Tigers, who fell to Notre Dame in two overtimes without Trevor Lawrence, is a better team than the Buckeyes, who failed to convince the panel with just a narrow win over Indiana over the weekend.

Despite entering at fourth in Week 1 of the the CFP rankings, Ohio State’s chance of finishing in the top four at the end of the regular season is still high – sitting at 72-percent, according to ESPN Football Index.

Clemson, meanwhile has a smaller chance, according to the FPI, as the Tigers, who could face the Fighting Irish again in the ACC Championships, start with a 33-percent chance.

Meanwhile, Texas A&M (5-1) is No. 5 and gets the nod in the head-to-head look back over No. 6 Florida (6-1)

Cincinnati (8-0) is at No. 7 and Northwestern (5-0) is No. 8, with sitting at No. 9 is Georgia (5-2), the highest-rated two-loss team after defeats to both Alabama and Florida, while and Miami (7-1) rounding out the Top 10.

No. 11 is Oklahoma and is followed by Indiana, Iowa State, BYU and Oregon to round out the Top 15. The next five is completed by Wisconsin at No. 16, Texas, USC, North Carolina and Coastal Carolina. No. 21 is Marshall and is followed by Auburn, Oklahoma State, Iowa and Tulsa, which debuts at No. 25 in the CFP rankings.

College Football Playoff Rankings — Nov. 24

1. Alabama (7-0)
2. Notre Dame (8-0)
3. Clemson (7-1)
4. Ohio State (4-0)
5. Texas A&M (5-1)
6. Florida (6-1)
7. Cincinnati (8-0)
8. Northwestern (5-0)
9. Georgia (5-2)
10. Miami (7-1)
11. Oklahoma (6-2)
12. Indiana (4-1)
13. Iowa State (6-2)
14. BYU (9-0)
15. Oregon (3-0)
16. Wisconsin (2-1)
17. Texas (5-2)
18. USC (3-0)
19. UNC (6-2)
20. Coastal Carolina (8-0)
21. Marshall (7-0)
22. Auburn (5-2)
23. Oklahoma State (5-2)
24. Iowa (3-2)
25. Tulsa (5-1)

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