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Initial College Football Playoff Rankings Released

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Three teams from the SEC West would make the playoff if the season ended today.

Jeff Long-USA TODAY Sports

The College Football Playoff announced its first preliminary rankings Tuesday night. This means we got our first glimpse at what the selection committee is thinking, after years of speculating about what the committee will value and decades of demanding a playoff system in the first place.

Three teams from the SEC West made the initial top four, including an Ole Miss team that just lost. Honestly, I'm more surprised that Florida State came in at No. 2 then I am the SEC teams. Obviously there will be plenty of losses in the SEC as many of these teams still play each other. But Florida State really hasn't looked very good (comparatively speaking) this season. That opening game against Oklahoma State stands out now and if the committee doesn't think much of Notre Dame then it's hard to see them thinking much of the Seminoles.

The highest ranked Pac-12 team is Oregon coming in at No. 5 followed by Arizona at No. 12, Arizona State at No. 14, Utah at No. 17 and UCLA (UGH) at No. 22

What does everyone think?

Rank Team Conference Toughest opponent left (per F/+) If the season ended today ...
1 Mississippi State SEC Ole Miss Sugar Bowl vs. Ole Miss
2 Florida State ACC Louisville Rose Bowl vs. Auburn
3 Auburn SEC Ole Miss Rose Bowl vs. Florida State
4 Ole Miss SEC Auburn Sugar Bowl vs. Mississippi State
5 Oregon Pac-12 Stanford New Year's bowl
6 Alabama SEC Auburn Orange Bowl*
7 TCU Big 12 Kansas State New Year's bowl
8 Michigan State Big Ten Ohio State New Year's bowl
9 Kansas State Big 12 TCU New Year's bowl
10 Notre Dame Independent Louisville New Year's bowl
11 Georgia SEC Auburn
12 Arizona Pac-12 Arizona State
13 Baylor Big 12 Oklahoma
14 Arizona State Pac-12 Notre Dame
15 Nebraska Big Ten Wisconsin
16 Ohio State Big Ten Michigan State
17 Utah Pac-12 Oregon
18 Oklahoma Big 12 Baylor
19 LSU SEC Alabama
20 West Virginia Big 12 TCU
21 Clemson ACC Georgia Tech Orange Bowl*
22 UCLA Pac-12 Stanford
23 East Carolina American UCF New Year's bowl*
24 Duke ACC Virginia Tech
25 Louisville ACC Florida State