Since the CFP’s inception five years ago, 11 of the 20 semifinalists made the top four in the first weekly ranking and six of the last eight semifinalists were included in the top four in the committee’s first release.
Here’s all you need to know about the first CFP rankings of 2019.
When are College Football Playoff rankings announced?
The first College Football Playoff rankings of the season will be released on Tuesday, November 5.
Weekly updates will follow until December 3, culminating in the College Football Playoff selection show, which is scheduled for December 8.
All six weekly rankings show will be broadcast on ESPN, beginning with the first show this Tuesday at 9 p.m. on ET.
A live stream of the weekly rankings will be available via ESPN’s website and via the ESPN App.
Who is No.1 in the AP poll?
LSU has topped the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the last two weeks and will go into Saturday’s showdown against Alabama as the No. 1 team in the country.
The Crimson Tide, meanwhile, held top spot for four consecutive weeks but is currently ranked at No. 2, meaning Saturday afternoon’s matchup in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will be the first time the two top teams in the AP Poll meet in the regular season since 2011—incidentally LSU and Alabama were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 back then too.
The Tigers will probably be listed at No. 1 in the CFP rankings too, after becoming the first team in the AP Poll era to win three matchups against top-10 ranked teams in the eight opening weeks of the season.
Of those three teams—Florida, Auburn and Texas—only the Gators are still in the top 10, but LSU’s resume is better than Alabama, whose opponents have a combined record of 28-41.
Who is No.1 in the coaches’ poll?
Alabama tops the USA Today coaches’ poll ahead of LSU, with Clemson third and Ohio State in fourth—the Tigers are No. 4 and the Buckeyes No. 3 in the AP poll.
The Crimson Tide is 8-0 but lacks the big scalps that adorn LSU and Ohio State’s belts, as Texas A&M is the only ranked program it has defeated this season.
Can anyone top LSU and Alabama?
Yes, absolutely. Ohio State has a legitimate case to be considered the No. 1 team in the CFP rankings.
Like LSU and Alabama, it is 8-0, has looked utterly dominant throughout the season, outscoring opponents by 323 points so far—the only Power 5 team with a differential of over 300.
The Buckeyes have defeated No. 16 Wisconsin and No. 17 Cincinnati so far this season, and in Justin Fields, Chase Young and J.K. Dobbins they have three legitimate Heisman Trophy candidates.
Where will Clemson rank?
The reigning national champions have endured a strange season so far. The Tigers are 9-0 and have extended their winning streak to 24 games, but their easy schedule has proved to be an Achilles’ heel so far.
The defending national champions started the season as the No. 1-ranked team in the nation but have since fallen all the way down to No.4.
Clemson slid down the rankings for three consecutive weeks between Week 5 and Week 7, largely through no fault of its own, though a one-point win over unranked North Carolina didn’t help its cause.
The Tigers have largely paid the price for a very ordinary schedule and some underwhelming performances.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see them ranked outside the top four on Tuesday.
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