ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
AP Photo/John Bazemore / LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) is carried off the field by his teammates after the Tigers defeated Alabama 46-41 last Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

There are two Southeastern Conference programs among the top four teams in this week's College Football Playoff rankings, and neither one is Alabama.

LSU (9-0) moved past Ohio State (9-0) and into the top spot of the second installment of the CFP rankings, which were released Tuesday night on ESPN. Clemson (10-0) and Georgia (8-1) filled the third and fourth spots, with the Crimson Tide (8-1) dropping from third to fifth following Saturday's 46-41 loss to LSU in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama does not have any wins over teams currently among the top 25 teams as voted on by the 13-member selection committee, while Georgia has wins over No. 11 Florida and No. 16 Notre Dame but also has a home loss to a South Carolina team that is 4-6.

"As you look at No. 4 and No. 5 and the discussion around those two teams, those are two really good one-loss teams," CFP committee chair and Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said on ESPN. "We just saw Alabama have a tough loss against LSU, but then you compare that against Georgia's resume and those two big wins that they've had."

Oregon (8-1) was sixth in this week's rankings, with Utah (8-1), Minnesota (9-0), Penn State (8-1) and Oklahoma (8-1) rounding out the top 10.

Georgia could enhance its standing and seal a third consecutive Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title with a win this Saturday at Auburn, which is 7-2 and No. 13 in the latest CFP rankings. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart was asked about the rankings this time of year following Tuesday's practice and said, "I think it matters a whole lot more in upcoming weeks than it does right now."

Alabama travels to Mississippi State this weekend and then hosts Western Carolina before closing its regular season at Auburn, which will represent its best chance at a quality triumph.

"The number one thing that I'm concerned about, just so everybody gets it, is how we play the rest of the season," Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday during his weekly news conference. "I don't want to talk about anything other than the game we have this week. We're not making any predictions or whatever.

"We kind of have a legacy around here that we've only had one team (2010) in the last 12 years that lost more than one game in the regular season, and I would like for this team to be able to continue that."

No team in Tuesday night's CFP rankings held its same spot from last week.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT