Almost two months later that win looks a lot more impressive after seeing the way Notre Dame has dominated since the loss to Georgia. UCF (7-0) and 7-1 Memphis (No. 23) were the only Group of Five teams in the top 25.
The Sooners arguably have the best win of the 2017 season with their 31-16 victory over Ohio State. Penn State is at No. 7 in both the AP and CFB rankings.
"At this point in the season that head-to-head matchup is important to the selection committee", chairman Kirby Hocutt told ESPN, adding "and will continue to be important for the selection committee". The added motivation probably isn't needed after Alabama lost to Clemson on the final play of last season's national title game, but it never hurts.
In the AP Top 25, Ohio State was No. 3, Penn State No. 7 and Oklahoma was No. 8.
Hocutt also said Clemson (7-1) playing the second half against Syracuse without injured quarterback Kelly Bryant was a factor for the committee.
There will always be a debate on whether or not the committee makes the right choice, but it really is hard to argue with the initial rankings. Those rankings had some Sooners wondering if the committee would do something similar. Oklahoma State (7-1) 12. "We were all just jumping around yelling".
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Georgia landed the No. 1 position in the committee's initial rankings of the season, released Tuesday night, one spot higher than the Bulldogs rank in the Associated Press and coaches' polls this week. Hocutt pointed to strength of schedule as the problem for the Badgers, who were ranked fourth in the latest AP Top 25, and Hurricanes.
An impressive win over a struggling Florida Gators team has the Bulldogs coming in at number two on our list.
What a concept: Georgia, not Alabama, is the first No.1 this year. Oklahoma sitting at #5 gets a chance to impress this weekend with #11 Oklahoma State and #8 TCU next weekend on top of potentially the Big 12 Championship.
The Big 12 has three possible one-loss champions (Oklahoma, TCU and No. 11 Oklahoma State), though OU still must play both. "We've kind of been through the fire, and we're here at 8-0, but we still have a lot of work to do".
"At the end of the day, it was the two wins against CFP Top 25 teams for Georgia, specifically the win over No. 3 Notre Dame, that gave Georgia the very slight edge over Alabama this week".
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