The College Football Playoff Committee released its first set of rankings for 2019 on Tuesday night and the top two echo the Congrove Computer Rankings on CollegeFootballPoll.com with Ohio State in the top spot and LSU at No. 2.
The committee puts Alabama at 3 and Penn State at 4 with Clemson in 5th. The computer has Clemson 3, Alabama 4 and Penn State 5.
Whether it was intentional or not, the initial rankings set up a playoff within the playoff as No. 2 LSU plays at No. 3 Alabama this week, and No. 1 Ohio State hosts No. 4 Penn State on November 23. That's assuming Penn State doesn't fall this week at Minnesota. The Golden Gophers have more food for fodder with a woeful No. 17 ranking for an undefeated team in a Power 5 conference. Baylor, which is also one of just 7 remaining unbeaten teams, is at No. 12.
Here are the complete Selection Committee Rankings:
The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 ranked team vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. This season's Playoff Semifinals will take place Saturday, December 28, 2019, at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The College Football Playoff National Championship will be Monday, January 13, 2020, at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.