The first College Football Playoff rankings came out on Tuesday, with the SEC West dominating the first edition of the successor to the recently-scrapped BCS system.
1st College Football Playoff rankings are here: 1. Mississippi State 2. Florida State 3. Auburn 4. Ole Miss pic.twitter.com/82bbyx9fNJ— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 28, 2014
The top-2 teams as chosen by the 12-member committee aren’t a surprise, as both Mississippi State and Florida State are undefeated. The next two to join them if the playoff was held today are Auburn and Ole Miss, with Oregon and Alabama being the first two teams out.
Ole Miss suffered their first loss of the season this past weekend and dropped to No. 7 in the AP poll, but their Oct. 7 win over Alabama, currently at No. 3 in the AP poll, may have tipped the scales in their favor against the Crimson Tide.
Either Auburn or Ole Miss could find themselves out of the top-4 come this time next week, however, as the two play this weekend, with the loser perhaps ending up on the outside looking in come week two of the rankings. Ole Miss can also improve their stock on Nov. 29, as they take on Mississippi State.
Alabama has two chances to move up against teams currently ranked higher than them, as they face Mississippi State on Nov. 15 and Auburn in the Iron Bowl two weeks later.
Oregon will most likely need to win out and get some help in order to crack the top-4, as they have just one more top-25 matchup on the schedule: No. 18 Utah on Nov. 8.