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Heat Check: Comparing AP Top 10 with first CFP rankings

03 November 2018, 07:25 | Charlene Valdez

Heat Check: Comparing AP Top 10 with first CFP rankings

Heat Check: Comparing AP Top 10 with first CFP rankings

Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame were the top four teams in the initial CFP rankings tonight.

We then have undefeated UCF - who has yet to play a team with a winning record - sitting comfortably at No. 12, just waiting for any or all of those one-loss teams to stumble. "In comparison, Notre Dame has three such wins".

But does that record warrant putting LSU ahead of Notre Dame? A&M was also one of seven SEC teams to make the first Playoff poll of 2018. Does the committee give a repeat of last season and put those two SEC teams in opposite semifinal games, setting up a possible national championship rematch?

No. 3 LSU, No. 4 Notre Dame: With the Irish undefeated along with Clemson and Alabama it seemed reasonable to believe that Notre Dame would join the Tigers and Tide in the top three.

The first top four teams were no surprise.

No other Big Ten teams made the initial list, but one surprising team that Iowa football fans are quite familiar with did make it into this initial top 25 list: Iowa State. For those one-loss teams looking to finish in the final four, they've got to win out, no question.

As we said above, we will keep you posted every Tuesday night when new rankings are posted. "But how they evaluate the teams on a weekly basis, sure that's going to change, because it's new people in those seats". The next teams to follow should be some mix of the Michigan Wolverines, LSU Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, and the Oklahoma Sooners.

Also, the first edition of the Playoff rankings usually does not mean too much. As expected, though, Clemson remained at the two spot, trailing behind reigning national champion Alabama.

Alabama has yet to hit a speed bump this season (scored 50-plus points in all but two games) and has a firm hold on the first spot. Iowa State may end up with eight or nine wins. The two powers have an upcoming matchup Saturday in Baton Rouge that will have an impact on positioning and which team will earn a berth in the SEC championship. Starting the season against Wyoming, San Jose State and Eastern Washington doesn't exactly endear you to committee members.

As Pete Thamel noted Tuesday night, UCF is starting five spots higher than it did in 2017.

West Virginia travels to No. 17 Texas this weekend and closes the season at home against No. 7 Oklahoma. And beyond that, how does a one-loss Bama team, one most experts agree is the best of all Nick Saban's teams get left out?

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