SRA’s Prediction for the First College Football Rankings

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1. Michigan

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In a not-so-surprising development, Michigan’s dominance on the gridiron has catapulted them to the undisputed No. 1 spot in the initial College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings. While debates about the Wolverines’ strength of schedule persist, there is no denying their sheer dominance against every opponent they’ve encountered this season. With an unblemished record and a clear path ahead, Michigan’s ascent to the top is a testament to their impeccable performance. CBS has officially bestowed the Wolverines with the coveted No. 1 ranking, setting the stage for highly anticipated clashes against Penn State and Ohio State, which promise to be must-see television events.

2. Ohio State

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As Michigan solidifies its position at the pinnacle of the College Football Playoff rankings, Ohio State emerges as the rightful occupant of the No. 2 slot. The Buckeyes have bolstered their case with a collection of quality wins, including notable victories over Notre Dame and Penn State. Nonetheless, the CFP committee may place more weight on Michigan’s dominance and the elusive “eye test” when considering the rankings. It’s worth noting that, last year, the college football world came tantalizingly close to witnessing a regular-season showdown and a CFP rematch between these two powerhouses. As the 2023 season unfolds, fans can only hope for an encore.

3. Florida State

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The ascent of Florida State in the College Football Playoff rankings should come as no surprise. The CFP committee is likely to view the Seminoles’ triumph over Duke as a significant feather in their cap. Despite Clemson’s ongoing struggles, a road win over the Tigers remains a noteworthy achievement. On paper, Florida State boasts a formidable roster on both sides of the football, with quarterback Jordan Travis emerging as a legitimate Heisman contender.

4. Georgia

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Georgia, the perennial No. 1 team in various polls, finds itself hanging on to the fourth spot. It is undeniably intriguing to see Georgia positioned as the last team in, despite maintaining an impeccable record and relatively consistent performance over the past two years. While the Bulldogs may not currently exude the same level of dominance, they unquestionably remain legitimate contenders for the national title.

5. Washington

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While their victory over Oregon undoubtedly stands as the highlight of the season, Washington’s recent encounter with Arizona State raised a few eyebrows. Nevertheless, the Huskies have maintained an unwavering and undefeated presence throughout the season. In the world of college football rankings, an unblemished record carries substantial weight and, as it stands, Washington appears poised for a potential return to the final four.

6. Oklahoma

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The Sooners, too, flaunt an unblemished record in the CFP rankings. Despite a close call against UCF, a pivotal win over Texas has significantly bolstered their resume. Ohio St. and Michigan will knock each other out. A Big 12 Championship, combined with a perfect season, positions Oklahoma favorably for a coveted spot in the final four. While the road ahead may present its challenges, it remains uncertain. Additionally, Oklahoma may be on the brink of a highly anticipated rematch with Texas in their conference title game.

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S.K. Patrick is a sports journalist from Louisville, Ky with over 5 years of sports journalism experience. Patrick graduated from the University of Louisville with his BA in mass communications and a minor in marketing. Patrick has been part of Louisville's local sports community for several years. He’s a former high school football player and little league football coach. Patrick has covered press conferences and games for U of L’s Sports Information Office. He now covers the ACC, along with Western Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati. He has reported on Rick Pitino, Bobby Petrino, Jimbo Fisher, Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, and many others. Professionally he has covered the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine.

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