LSU, Alabama trailing Ohio State in first CFP rankings

AP photo by Vasha Hunt / Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy makes a touchdown catch against Arkansas during the second half of Saturday night's game in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Saturday afternoon's showdown between LSU and Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium will pit the nation's top two teams in this week's Associated Press poll.

It will be a 2-3 matchup as far as the College Football Playoff rankings are concerned.

The Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0) claimed the top spot in the first CFP rankings, which were revealed by the 13-member selection committee Tuesday night on ESPN. LSU (8-0) and Alabama (8-0) were next in line, with Penn State (8-0) and defending national champion Clemson (9-0) rounding out the top five.

"We obviously recognized LSU's marquee wins against Florida and Auburn," CFP committee chair and Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens told ESPN, "but when you watch Ohio State, they have performed at a very consistent level.