College Football Playoff Rankings 2021: First Rankings of the Season

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The first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2021 season were released on Tuesday, November 2, so we are getting an initial look at the teams in the driver’s seat for the postseason.

As many expected, the Georgia Bulldogs sat atop the rankings and will control their destiny.

Then, things got a little interesting. The Alabama Crimson Tide, despite losing to Texas A&M earlier in the year, sit at No. 2, while the Michigan State Spartans and Oregon Ducks round out the top four.

The Ohio State Buckeyes and undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats are on the outside looking in.

This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Friday, December 31, 2021, at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and the Capital One Orange Bowl, while the College Football Playoff National Championship will be Monday, January 10, 2022, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Where did your favorite team check in when the selection committee announced the very first College Football Playoff rankings of the season?

A full look at the rankings for games played through the month of October can be seen below.

1. Georgia
2. Alabama
3. Michigan State
4. Oregon
5. Ohio State
6. Cincinnati
7. Michigan
8. Oklahoma
9. Wake Forest
10. Notre Dame
11. Oklahoma State
12. Baylor
13. Auburn
14. Texas A&M
15. BYU
16. Ole Miss
17. Mississippi State
18. Kentucky
19. North Carolina State
20. Minnesota
21. Wisconsin
22. Iowa
23. Fresno State
24. San Diego State
25. Pittsburgh

Did the selection committee get this week’s rankings correct? Sound off in the comments section below.

About the College Football Playoff: The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 ranked team vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game. This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Friday, December 31, 2021, at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and the Capital One Orange Bowl. The College Football Playoff National Championship will be Monday, January 10, 2022, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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