Inaugural College Football Playoff Rankings Are Released

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I know it’s fashionable to rip anyone in a position of power on social media, but I actually think the committee did a pretty good job with their first ranking. Nine of their top ten were in Outkick’s top ten. (The only difference was I had Georgia in my top ten and the committee had Notre Dame). I also think Alabama is better than Ole Miss and had the Tide in my top four, but I understand the committee wanting to send the message that head-to-head matters. I also think the committee sent a decent message about losing on the road. Of the top eight teams, six have losses, five of those losses came on the road. Oregon is the only team to lose at home. That’s honestly why I’d have Alabama above Oregon, but I understand that Oregon’s there because of the Michigan State win. 

Given that Auburn and Ole Miss play this weekend you know one of these teams is dropping out regardless. And there’s tons that will change between now and the end of the season. Now that we know four of the inaugural top six are from the SEC, it would be pretty shocking if the conference doesn’t get at least two teams and maybe three before all is said and done. 

Here we go. 

1. Mississippi State

2. Florida State

3. Auburn

4. Ole Miss

5. Oregon

6. Alabama

7. TCU

8. Michigan State

9. Kansas State

10. Notre Dame

11. Georgia

12. Arizona

13. Baylor

14. Arizona State

15. Nebraska

16. Ohio State

17. Utah

18. Oklahoma

19. LSU

20. West Virginia

21. Clemson

22. UCLA

23. East Carolina

24. Duke

25. Louisville

Written by Clay Travis

Clay Travis is the founder of the fastest growing national multimedia platform, OutKick, that produces and distributes engaging content across sports and pop culture to millions of fans across the country. OutKick was created by Travis in 2011 and sold to the Fox Corporation in 2021.

One of the most electrifying and outspoken personalities in the industry, Travis hosts OutKick The Show where he provides his unfiltered opinion on the most compelling headlines throughout sports, culture, and politics. He also makes regular appearances on FOX News Media as a contributor providing analysis on a variety of subjects ranging from sports news to the cultural landscape. Throughout the college football season, Travis is on Big Noon Kickoff for Fox Sports breaking down the game and the latest storylines.

Additionally, Travis serves as a co-host of The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, a three-hour conservative radio talk program syndicated across Premiere Networks radio stations nationwide.

Previously, he launched OutKick The Coverage on Fox Sports Radio that included interviews and listener interactions and was on Fox Sports Bet for four years. Additionally, Travis started an iHeartRadio Original Podcast called Wins & Losses that featured in-depth conversations with the biggest names in sports.

Travis is a graduate of George Washington University as well as Vanderbilt Law School. Based in Nashville, he is the author of Dixieland Delight, On Rocky Top, and Republicans Buy Sneakers Too.