4 years of CFP rankings show importance of a good start

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The Tigers blasted Florida State 59-10 on Saturday, handing the Seminoles their worst home loss in program history. "By comparison, Notre Dame has three such wins". The only difference was Tuesday's rankings had LSU at No. 3 and Notre Dame fourth. OU has just one win over a team in the committee's top 25 - No. 24 Iowa State.

With this particular ranking, there would be five SEC teams in the New Year's Six bowls, including two in the semifinal.

Being one of the top four teams in 2007 became a curse, and nobody wanted to hold on to their spot. It's also weekly TV programming for ESPN until championship weekend in December.

The first College Football Playoff rankings were revealed tonight, and the selection committee placed U-M at No. 5. On Dec. 2 - "Selection Day" - the committee will release the final edition of the rankings and determine which four teams will advance to the four-team playoff.

"You know, it's like John Wooden said, and I can't remember the exact quote, but basically: Don't let criticism or praise affect you negatively", Washington State coach Mike Leach said.

We're not saying the scenarios above would automatically put two SEC teams in the playoff for the second consecutive season-a 12-1 Big Ten champ (Ohio State or Michigan) to go along with undefeated Clemson and Notre Dame would put a dent in these dreams-but it's certainly plausible. As ESPN's Joey Galloway put it on the air: "Ohio State and MI will be the biggest Northwestern fans on the planet".

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We knew it was a big chance. "And we've got a good group of lads in there, we've got a good team spirit". Umar put a good shift in physically. "[The question] is for me that, not him".

So to recap, the Buckeyes need two of three teams to lose before the final playoff rankings come out.

It's also noteworthy to acknowledge that LSU is above Notre Dame, even though the Fighting Irish have a better record than the Tigers so far this year. Those scenarios would hand the Cougs three quality wins, albeit with two coming against the same Utah team.

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The top five offensive teams United Kingdom has played - Missouri, Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Texas A&M - scored a collective 20 points below their season averages when they faced Kentucky. MI is also at Ohio State later this season. Iowa State is unranked in both.

UCF was the highest ranked team from outside the Power Five conferences at 12th. "For example, Texas A&M is a strong 5-3 team because their losses were against No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson".

The final rankings are revealed on December 2, when the playoff matchups and teams going to the New Year's Six bowls are announced.

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