Georgia takes top spot in first College Football Playoff rankings of 2017

According to the NCAAF writers at RealSport, here is a look at what we can expect when the initial CFP rankings of the season are released.

Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Notre Dame are the four teams that the committee decided are the top right now. However, committee chairman Kirby Hocutt noted Georgia's wins against No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 16 Mississippi State as the reason for putting Kirby Smart's team ahead of the Alabama, which has no wins among teams in the Top 25 in the rankings. Notre Dame with one loss but three convincing wins over ranked opponents is now seven spots higher than next weekend's opponent Miami who enters this weekend unbeaten for their showdown with Virginia Tech.

Committee chairman Kirby Hocutt, the athletic director for Texas Tech, said the Bulldogs had a slight edge over the Crimson Tide because of the victory against the Irish on September 9.

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Auburn enters a pivotal month of November with a trip to Texas A&M on Saturday (11 a.m., ESPN), followed by games against Georgia, ULM and Alabama. The Crimson Tide won the four-team playoff over Clemson after the 2015 season and were the runners-up last season.

Georgia is at No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff Rankings of 2017. The committee will re-rank the teams each week through December 3, when it will place the top four in the national semifinals, which this season will be played in the Rose and Sugar bowls on New Year's Day. Miami has only two victories against teams with winning records. How did they respond to being the No. 4 team?

This is the fourth season of the playoff, and until now Georgia had been a non-factor in the process.

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Although Alabama has been dominant, it doesn't have a win over a team now ranked in the committee's Top 25. Two unbeaten teams, Wisconsin and Miami, round out the top ten. LSU 20. NC State 21. Since then, Oklahoma has been anything but impressive in their wins and even lost to Iowa State for the first time since 1990. The Crimson Tide, the only team who has made the College Football Playoff since the format's inception in 2014, is at No. 2.

With matchups coming up against ranked opponents in Oklahoma State and TCU, the Sooners may finally have the opportunity they have been looking for to jump into the playoff conversation.

"The teams ranked three through seven are very evenly matched", Hocutt said.

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