The SEC is first, third and fourth to none in the first College Football Playoff ranking released Tuesday night.
Undefeated Mississippi State is the top team in the initial ranking, which isn’t a surprise, but after Florida State at No. 2, Auburn is third and Ole Miss is fourth, leaving Alabama at sixth — behind Oregon — and out of this week’s first four.
Of course, this is the first of the CFP’s rankings, which will continue on Tuesdays until Dec. 7, which is being called Selection Sunday.
Other SEC teams include Georgia at No. 11 and LSU at No. 19.
ESPN.com does a nice job breaking down the teams in this chart by comparing their rankings, strength of schedules and other factors.
Arkansas AD Jeff Long chairs the selection committee, which includes 10 other men and one woman, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Long, who is Arkansas’ athletic director, is the committee’s spokesperson.
“The College Football Playoff selection committee met for the past two days and we engaged in a lively and detailed discussion about who the best teams are in college football, as of October 26,” he said in a release. “We debated, we reviewed facts and statistics, and we used our judgment. There are 18 one-loss teams in the FBS and the differences between many of these teams are slight. The bottom line is it’s early, it’s close and it’s going to change.”
This is from Collegefootballplayoff.com: “Selection committee members will have a wealth of information including review of video, statistics and their own expertise to guide them in their deliberations. They will emphasize obvious factors like win-loss records, strength of schedule, conference championships won, head-to-head results and results against common opponents.
Here is the first ranking:
1. Mississippi State
2. Florida State
4. Ole Miss
8. Michigan State
9. Kansas State
10. Notre Dame
14. Arizona State
16. Ohio State
20. West Virginia
23. East Carolina