Georgia leads the CFP’s second ranking as Tennessee falls to No. 5

Georgia moved from No. 3 to No. 1 in the second edition of the College Football Playoff rankings.

The Bulldogs beat former No. 1 Tennessee 27-13 on Saturday. The Volunteers fell to No. 5 and are the top one-loss team in the rankings. Ohio State, Michigan and TCU make up the top four. Michigan moved up two spots and TCU moved up three.

Alabama dropped to No. 9 after losing to LSU and Clemson dropped to No. 10 after losing to Notre Dame. LSU is No. 7 and the top-ranked team with two losses behind No. 6 Oregon and No. 8 USC, both at 8-1. Tuesday’s rankings are the first playoff rankings since 2014 that don’t include Alabama or Clemson in the top four and the first that don’t have any teams in the top six.

The SEC has four teams in the top 12 with Ole Miss at No. 11 and the Pac-12 has three teams in the top ten and four in the top 13. UCLA and Utah are right behind the Rebels with Penn State at No. 14 ahead of North Carolina.

Georgia is in the top spot in the College Football Playoff after beating former No. 1 Tennessee last weekend. (Photo by Jeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Only three teams can finish the season undefeated

With Ohio State and Michigan meeting in the final week of the regular season, only three of the top four ranked teams can finish the season undefeated. It’s very likely that both Tennessee and the loser of the Ohio State-Michigan game will be 11-1 and hoping for a conference championship upset on Saturday to sneak into the playoffs.

A two-loss team’s chances of making the playoffs may hinge on LSU. The Tigers will need to win their final three games of the regular season and knock off Georgia in the SEC title game to have a chance to become the first two-loss team to advance to the Final Four. It’s much more likely at this point that the playoffs will consist of undefeated and one-loss teams, especially considering the depth of the Pac-12. And if Ole Miss beats Alabama and LSU loses to Arkansas, the one-loss Rebels suddenly have control of the SEC West.

College Football Playoff Rankings

1. Georgia (9-0)

2. Ohio State (9-0)

3. Michigan (9-0)

4. TCU (9-0)

5. Tennessee (8-1)

6. Oregon (8-1)

7. LSU (7-2)

8. USC (8-1)

9. Alabama (7-2)

10. Clemson (8-1)

11. Ole Miss (8-1)

12. UCLA (8-1)

13. Utah (7-2)

14. Penn State (7-2)

15. North Carolina (8-1)

16. NC State (7-2)

17. Tulane (8-1)

18. Texas (6-3)

19. Kansas State (6-3)

20. Notre Dame (6-3)

21. Illinois (7-2)

22. UCF (7-2)

23. Florida State (6-3)

24. Kentucky (6-3)

25. Washington (7-2)

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