SEC, Oklahoma Winners in First CFP Top 25, Ohio State & UCF Losers

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 1:18 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 1:18 PM UTC

The first College Football Playoff Top 25 was released on Tuesday night, and there are clearly a few winners and losers in the only poll that matters.

First impressions of the College Football Playoff committee’s initial Top 25 of the season, released Tuesday night, is that the SEC is a winner – as usual – as is Oklahoma. The clear losers are Ohio State of the Big Ten and the team with the longest winning streak in the nation, Central Florida of the AAC.

In absolutely no surprise, unbeatens Alabama and Clemson were 1-2. It was a tad surprising that one-loss LSU was ahead of another unbeaten, Notre Dame. LSU hosts Alabama this Saturday, so that will fix itself. It should also be noted that the No. 3 team in the initial CFP Top 25 each year has NOT made the playoff.

The Irish have nothing to worry about: If they win out, they are in the playoff no matter what happens. Notre Dame does have a tricky game at Northwestern on Saturday night, though. Michigan controls its own destiny as if Jim Harbaugh’s club wins out, it clearly will be in. Ditto Georgia if it wins out, because it would have to beat Kentucky this Saturday and then either LSU or Alabama in the SEC title game.

Oklahoma obviously needs some help. The Sooners have a challenging game at Texas Tech on Saturday night, although the Sooners are nearly two-TD favorites (that seems awfully big of a spread). If OU wins there, it won’t lose again until potentially Nov. 23 at West Virginia before the Big 12 title game.

Washington State is clearly the Pac-12’s lone chance and the Cougars don’t face another team that’s currently ranked with Washington flopping; the Nov. 23 Apple Cup is in Pullman. The Pac-12 South champion in the conference title game might not be ranked, either. Sorry, but Kentucky loses Saturday to Georgia.

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Reminder: In the first College Football Playoff rankings in 2014, Ohio State checked in at No. 16.

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Ohio State, meanwhile, might be screwed – is the committee punishing Urban Meyer? OSU should win its next three game – Nebraska, at Michigan State, at Maryland – before hosting No. 5 Michigan. Would a win over the Wolverines be enough? If we assume Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame finish unbeaten, and I think that’s a fair assumption, it would depend largely on what Oklahoma and Washington State do.

You almost have to feel bad for Central Florida, which can only beat the teams on its schedule – and had a game against ACC school North Carolina canceled earlier this year due to a hurricane. The Knights are on a 20-game winning streak entering Thursday’s matchup vs. Temple, but CFP committee chairman Rob Mullens noted that UCF is the lone team not have been a team with a winning record through the first nine weeks. The Owls do have one, with UCF closing vs. Navy, Cincinnati and at rival USF. The Bearcats and Bulls are both 7-1. Navy is way down this year.

College Football Playoff Top 25: Oct. 30 (w/5Dimes title odds)

1. Alabama (8-0) -200

2. Clemson (8-0) +375

3. Louisiana State (7-1) +3000

4. Notre Dame (8-0) +1000

5. Michigan (7-1) +1400

6. Georgia (7-1) +1000

7. Oklahoma (7-1) +1500

8. Washington State (7-1) +10000

9. Kentucky (7-1) +80000

10. Ohio State (7-1) +1200

11. Florida (6-2) +999999

12. Central Florida (7-0) +6000

13. West Virginia (6-1) +10000

14. Penn State (6-2) +50000

15. Utah (6-2) +100000

16. Iowa (6-2) NA

17. Texas (6-2) NA

18. Mississippi State (5-3) NA

19. Syracuse (6-2) NA

20. Texas A&M (5-3) NA

21. North Carolina State (5-2) NA

22. Boston College (6-2) +999999

23. Fresno State (7-1) +50000

24. Iowa State (4-3) NA

25. Virginia (6-2) +999999

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