Georgia had been the top team in the AP polls all season long, but that hardly matters anymore. In the first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2023 season, it’s the Ohio State Buckeyes who are ranked No. 1 in the country. The Buckeyes have two rather impressive wins among their perfect 8-0 record — one being their walk-off victory over then-No. 12 Notre Dame in South Bend on Sept. 23, and on Oct. 21, they took down Penn State, who was ranked ninth at the time.
The Michigan Wolverines are ranked third with some tough games ahead: After hosting Purdue this weekend, they will travel to No. 11 Penn State, then on to Maryland, before hosting the Buckeyes. The Florida State Seminoles are in the fourth spot, and with their schedule being relatively easy the rest of the way, a title could be theirs to lose. The rest of the rankings are as follows: 5. Washington (8-0,5-0 PAC 12) 6. Oregon (7-1, 4-1 PAC 12) 7. Texas (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) 8.
Just once have the initial College Football Playoff rankings matched the actual playoff fieldThe season’s first College Football Playoff rankings will be released Tuesday night. Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida State and Washington are all unbeaten and expected to be in the mix. The final CFP rankings on Dec. 3 will set the four-team playoff field. Next year, the CFP expands to 12 teams. Read more ⮕