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The first college football playoff ranking is out and to me there are 13 title contenders with two outliers who could get in with some help and two losses. Here are some numbers to consider…what do they mean? We’ll tackle that in another article.

1) Georgia 8-0

SOS: 51

Best Wins: @ Notre Dame (5), Mississippi State (14),

Losses:

Remaining Games: South Carolina, @ Auburn, Kentucky, @ Georgia Tech, SEC Title Game

2) Alabama 8-0

SOS: 75

Best Wins: @ Texas A&M (50)

Losses:

Remaining Games: LSU, @ Miss State, Mercer, @ Auburn, SEC Title Game

3) Notre Dame 7-1

SOS: 11

Best Wins: @ BC (36), @ Mich St (23), NC State (32), USC (18)

Losses: Georgia (1)

Remaining Games: Wake, @ Miami, Navy, @ Stanford

4) Clemson 7-1

SOS: 4

Best Wins: Auburn (16), BC (36), @ VT (13), Wake (29), Georgia Tech (22)

Losses: Syracuse (53)

Remaining Games: @ NC State, FSU, Citadel, @ South Carolina, ACC Title Game

5) Oklahoma 7-1

SOS: 31

Best Wins: @ Ohio St (6), Texas Tech (28)

Losses: Iowa State (7),

Remaining Games: @ Oklahoma St, TCU, @ Kansas, West Virginia, Big 12 Title Game

6) Ohio State 7-1

SOS: 27

Best Wins: Penn State (8), Maryland (47)

Losses: Oklahoma (9)

Remaining Games: @ Iowa, Michigan St, Illinois, @ Michigan, B10 Title game

7) Penn State 7-1

SOS: 17

Best Wins: @ Iowa (35), @ Northwestern (25), Michigan (31)

Losses: @ Ohio State (6)

Remaining Games: @ Michigan State, Rutgers, Nebraska, @ Maryland, B10 Title Game

8) TCU 7-1

SOS: 32

Best Wins: @ Oklahoma St (12), West Virginia (34)

Losses: @ Iowa St (7)

Remaining Games: Texas, @ Oklahoma, @ TTech, Baylor, B12 Title game

9) Wisconsin 8-0

SOS: 77

Best Wins: Northwestern (25), Maryland (47)

Losses:

Remaining Games: @ Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, @ Minnesota

10) Miami 7-0

SOS: 54

Best Wins: Toledo (26), Georgia Tech (22)

Losses:

Remaining Games: Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, UVA, @ Pitt, ACC Title Game

(Will only play 11 regular season games due to lost game vs. ASU)

11) Oklahoma State 7-1

SOS: 39

Best Wins: @ Texas Tech (28), @ West Virginia (34)

Losses: TCU (10)

Remaining Games: Oklahoma, @ Iowa State, Kansas St, Kansas, B12 Title game

12) Washington 7-1

SOS: 60

Best Wins: UCLA (43)

Losses: @ Arizona St (46)

Remaining Games: Oregon, @ Stanford, Utah, Wazzu, P12 Title game

13) Virginia Tech 7-1

SOS: 79

Best Wins: West Virginia (34), @ BC (36)

Losses: Clemson (5)

Remaining Games: @ Miami, @ Georgia Tech, Pitt, @ UVA, ACC Title Game

14) Auburn 6-2

SOS: 67

Best Wins: Miss St (17),

Losses: @ Clemson (5), @ LSU (40)

Remaining Games: @ Tex A&M, UGA, UL-Monroe, Alabama, SEC Title Game

15) Iowa State 6-2

SOS: 9

Best Wins: @ Oklahoma (9), @ Texas Tech (28), TCU (10)

Losses: @ Iowa (35), Texas (51)

Remaining Games: @ WVU, Oklahoma St, @ Baylor, @ Kansas State

(The numbers used are from the Sagarin ratings)

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