Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan and Florida State, all with 8-0 records, claimed the top four spots Tuesday night in the first set of College Football Playoff rankings for the 2023 season.(7-1) with uneven wins against Arizona State and Stanford. Still the Huskies, who play Saturday at No. 20 Southern California (7-2), gained their highest ranking since the 2016 season, when they reached the playoff as a No. 4 seed and lost to No. 1 Alabama.The choice for now of Ohio State as No.
With its perennial reward tilted toward bold scheduling, the committee examined eight one-loss teams in the Power Five and chose Oregon as the best at No. 6, one slot ahead of Texas (7-1), which has the utmost win of any team in the country,that became the first visitor win since 2018 for any game with fans at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Texas has lost only atWhat scares some college football teams this Halloween? The number ‘2.
Five more rankings await, the next four issued on Tuesday evenings and the final one on Sunday, Dec. 3, when the committee will choose the quartet for the final four-team playoff in the 10-season history of the concept. The group grows to 12 teams beginning next season.The national semifinals are Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, with the title game set for Jan. 8 in Houston. headtopics.com
The No. 1 ranking became the first for Ohio State since 2019 and the fourth in the 10 playoff seasons, ranking the Buckeyes behind Alabama (24), Georgia (12) and Clemson (eight). Florida State appeared in the top four for the first time since 2014, the first year of the playoff, when the Seminoles made it at No. 3 and lost a semifinal to Oregon. Georgia appeared in the top four for the 13th consecutive ranking.
No. 8 Alabama (7-1), No. 9 Oklahoma (7-1) and No. 10 Mississippi (7-1) round out the top 10. Two Group of Five teams made the rankings as they vie for that division’s berth in the major bowls: No. 24 Tulane (7-1) and No. 25 Air Force (8-0). headtopics.com