The important thing to remember about the first-ever college football playoff rankings is that they are meaningless.
The make-or-break matchup that defines the U.S. Championship Chase is looming at breakneck speed, starting this Saturday with the must-see pairing of No. 1 Tennessee and No. 3 Georgia.
In late November, the Big Ten was decided between Ohio’s No. 2 and Michigan’s No. 5, and the crowded race atop the Pac-12 was reduced to one or two teams to form the Big 12. submits undefeated. A champion who will either be included in the playoffs or settle at home in the New Year’s Six Bowl game slate.
History of the playoff format indicates that all answers will be provided by the first Sunday in December.
What you can collect so far From the first ranking of the 2022 season The Commission loves the SEC — obviously not a big surprise. The committee also said that No. 7 he is lower in TCU and higher than voters in No. 4 Clemson. USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Vote.
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These teams and conferences lead the list of winners and losers in the debut playoff rankings.
OK, let’s count. Tennessee tops the list, not surprisingly. Volunteers have amassed a top-notch résumé, and a win on Saturday against the Bulldogs, who land in third place, will put Headlock in the top spot. No. 10 LSU, top team with 2 losses. Right behind the Tigers is the No. 11 Mississippi. In summary, 5 of the top 11 teams in the rankings are from his SEC. Leagues have multiple ways to get two teams into the playoffs.
Clemson and ACC
Starting with the fact that Clemson rounded out the top four ahead of Michigan, the ACC wasn’t as bad as was believed heading into the rankings. With the schedule likely to remain among playoff frontrunners, the Tigers have to be very positive about the possibility of returning to the semifinals for the first time in a year. Clemson finished his fourth place in the rankings because he beat his three ACC teams: No. 20 Syracuse, No. 21 Wake He Forest and No. 22 North Carolina. (North Carolina was his 17th and his fifth ACC representative.) The committee respects his one of the top-thirds in the conference and how Clemson climbed to the top of the league. .
Tulane finished first among Group of Five teams in 19th place. This is largely thanks to a non-conference victory over 13th-ranked Kansas State University. The Green Wave are the only team still undefeated in American games, and in two key matches in November, defending conference champions Cincinnati and the only other Group of Nations champions in the rankings. They will face five-team No. 25 Central Florida. Being in the driver’s seat of an Access Bowl bid could even give Tulane plenty of room for error: even if he loses one of his two games, he’ll be avenged in the American Conference Championship Game. It doesn’t stop Green Wave from finishing at the front line of the pack.
Landing 7th in the debut rankings shows the hurdles TCU must overcome to reach the national semi-finals. The Horned He’s one thing to come behind multiple undefeated teams in the Power Five, even though the Frogs are likely to come ahead of No. 5 Michigan and No. 4 Clemson. Here’s what really hurts: TCU is one behind the Crimson Tide. This shows the committee’s love for the SEC, and that at least one of the teams he lost in the conference, he probably has two, to keep ahead of the undefeated Horned Frogs. It shows what you can do. TCU needs help climbing the ladder and into the top four.
Arguing about the relative merits of No. 12 UCLA and No. 9 Southern California is too unreasonable. Still, having the Trojans ahead of rival Bruins seems to ignore the strength of each team’s résumés and schedules: USC ranks 23rd in Oregon, the team with a winning record He has one win. UCLA has three of them: South Alabama, Washington, and No. 14 Utah. He only has one win on the road for the Bruins, but that win over Utah is one of his best wins among a team with one loss.