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CRAWFORD | Kentucky No. 9 in first playoff rankings

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Jennie Wade | 31 October, 2018, 16:16

The first College Football Playoff rankings of the season came out Tuesday evening. The poll was announced on ESPN, and to the surprise of no one (outside of maybe a few people in Clemson, South Carolina), the Alabama Crimson Tide sit at No. 1. The field of contenders has narrowed, and teams from the Power 5 like Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, LSU and MI have made a claim for why they deserve a spot in the playoff.

Akers said his team's 38-17 win over Wake Forest last week was a breakthrough for him after a two-touchdown performance - one of them on a 58-yard burst.

"LSU's resume: They have six wins against teams over.500, and quality wins against Georgia and Mississippi State", committee chair and Oregon AD Rob Mullens said. "Within the FBS, no other team in the country has that many victories against winning teams".

Both teams collide Saturday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The CFP rankings don't include a list of other teams in consideration, such as Utah State, ranked No. 18 in this week's AP Top 25 as the top MountainWest team in that poll. The Knights finished 12th, the best ranking for any non-Power Five team in any committee rankings over the four seasons. "That's just it. That's the only thing that we're locked in on". "We're impressed. Overall, their body of work was strong". "In the end, the committee felt Alabama was No. 1 after nine weeks".

Taggart will clearly want to bring more of his own players in with upcoming recruiting classes and if effort like this continues from some fo his players, they may not remain with the program for long. Kentucky 10. Ohio State 11.

It's the highest ranking for the Washington State program since the College Football Playoff format was introduced in 2014.

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In the SEC, West division teams Alabama (8-0) and LSU (7-1) are in the Top 4 together in the latest poll. Strength of schedule, team records, head-to-head results, and eventually championships all factor into the committee's decisions.

But Western Michigan won its conference championship game, hitting No. 15 in the CFP, and ended up losing to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl.

The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl are the semifinal sites this season on December 29.

And then there's undefeated UCF.

No. 12 UCF would likely head to the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl as the highest-ranked champion from a Group of Five conference, which is guaranteed a spot in a New Year's Six Bowl, because it played in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl last year.

The selection committee is chaired by OR athletic director Rob Mullens and includes Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin and Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury.

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