Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame Among Favorites

AP TOP 25 POLL LISTS DAWGS AT NO. 2

AP TOP 25 POLL LISTS DAWGS AT NO. 2

The first College Football Playoff rankings will be released on Tuesday night and Alabama coach Nick Saban is hardly intrigued.

It's been a possibility in previous years specifically with Big Ten and Big 12 schools, and this season, it's primarily related to Alabama and Georgia.

As the playoff's first three seasons have taught us, the committee's five October and November rankings are non-binding snapshots that in no way forecast the eventual four playoff semifinalists. Ohio State erased an 18-point deficit to top Penn State in the best game of the season to date, while Iowa State continued its magical run with a victory over TCU. Here's how the Power Five stacks up following a thrilling Week 9 across the nation. Presuming they can survive the next three weeks against Iowa, Michigan State, and Illinois (Michigan State is the only one of those teams now ranked, sitting at #24 in the AP poll but outside the coaches' poll), that could create even more anticipation for Ohio State-Michigan on November 25, and that game will be airing on Fox this year after a long run on ABC. The Sooners have an impressive 31-16 win at Ohio State that further bolsters their resume.

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Dodd writes: "If the playoff started today, Notre Dame would definitely have to be in it".

Predicting the No. 4 team is more challenging due to the number of undefeated and one-loss teams in the mix. But with two victories versus teams above.500 - Toledo and Georgia Tech - and an October replete with harrowing finishes, not even Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp would advocate for the Hurricanes now.

Dodd placed Notre Dame ahead of defending national champion Clemson and the fourth unbeaten team remaining in the country, Miami, among others.

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Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Clemson, Penn State, Oklahoma, Miami, and TCU round up the top 10.

The Tigers have the "worst" loss among the group, at Syracuse.

Aside from its narrow setback to Georgia, Notre Dame hasn't been challenged. November's fare - think Virginia Tech-Miami, Notre Dame-Miami, Georgia-Auburn, Auburn-Alabama, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State, TCU-Oklahoma, Michigan-Wisconsin and Ohio State-Michigan - and Championship Saturday on December 2 will tell all.

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