Ohio State is the top team in the first set of College Football Playoff rankings.
Thanks to their wins over No. 11 Penn State and No. 15 Notre Dame so far this season, the CFP selection committee put the Buckeyes ahead of Georgia, Michigan, Florida State and Washington. Ohio State is the only team among the five unbeaten teams at the top of the rankings with two wins over teams in the top 15.
Georgia is at No. 2 ahead of Michigan, likely because of its better strength of schedule. While Michigan has been the most dominant team so far, the Wolverines' opponents haven't been very good. That will change later this season. Michigan has Penn State and Ohio State remaining on its schedule.
Florida State is at No. 4 ahead of Washington as the Huskies have struggled the last two weeks. Washington needed a defensive touchdown to beat Arizona State in Week 8 and couldn't put Stanford away in Week 9.
Opportunities for the top teams in Week 10
It's important to not put too much stock in the initial rankings. Teams can and will move around. Georgia was No. 3 a season ago in the first rankings before it won its second consecutive national title.
The Bulldogs face No. 12 Missouri on Saturday before games against No. 10 Ole Miss and No. 17 Tennessee. It's hard to see Georgia not moving up if it wins all three of those games.
Florida State doesn't have any ranked teams remaining on its regular-season schedule so it may have less margin for error than the other unbeaten teams. But the committee showed that it does like Louisville as the Cardinals are at No. 13 despite a loss to Pitt.
No real surprises in the rankings
There weren't too many surprises in the first set of rankings. Oklahoma beat Texas earlier in the season but was below the Longhorns because of a Week 9 loss to Kansas.
The top 13 teams in the rankings all had one loss or fewer. LSU is the top two-loss team in the poll as two-loss Power Five teams occupy spots Nos. 14-23. AAC leader Tulane is at No. 24 ahead of Mountain West leader Air Force at No. 25.
The race for the Group of Five’s New Year’s Six bowl spot will likely be between the Green Wave and Falcons. While Air Force is undefeated, Tulane’s loss came to Ole Miss and happened with QB Michael Pratt sidelined due to injury.
College Football Playoff rankings
1. Ohio State (8-0)
2. Georgia (8-0)
3. Michigan (8-0)
4. Florida State (8-0)
5. Washington (8-0)
6. Oregon (7-1)
7. Texas (7-1)
8. Alabama (7-1)
9. Oklahoma (7-1)
10. Ole Miss (7-1)
11. Penn State (7-1)
12. Missouri (7-1)
13. Louisville (7-1)
14. LSU (6-2)
15. Notre Dame (7-2)
16. Oregon State (6-2)
17. Tennessee (6-2)
18. Utah (6-2)
19. UCLA (6-2)
20. USC (7-2)
21. Kansas (6-2)
22. Oklahoma State (6-2)
23. Kansas State (6-2)
24. Tulane (7-1)
25. Air Force (8-0)