Georgia Bulldogs Ranked 11th by College Football Playoff Committee


The Georgia Bulldogs got their first taste of the College Football Playoff rankings, and the committee gave the Dawgs a bit of a bump downward.

Georgia came into the first rankings by the College Football Playoff committee sitting at No. 11, down from their No. 9 AP ranking and No. 8 coaches poll.

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The ranking isn’t that surprising, given the Bulldogs lone loss came to a South Carolina team that now sits at 4-4 (2-4 in conference play).

The top four teams in the first rankings are Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Ole Miss.

This is the first season of the new College Football Playoff format, in which the top four teams at the end of the season will be playing in the playoff semifinal games – this year being the Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl Game.

The committee — consisting of Jeff Long (University of Arkansas AD), Barry Alvarez (University of Wisconsin AD), Lieutenant General Mike Gould (former superintendent USAF Academy), Pat Haden (USC AD), Tom Jernstedt (former NCAA Executive VP), Oliver Luck (West Virginia University AD), Tom Osborne (former University of Nebraska AD/Head Coach), Dan Radakovich (Clemson University AD), Condoleezza Rice (Stanford University Professor, former Secretary of State), Mike Tranghese (former Big East Commissioner), Steve Wieberg (former USA Today college football reporter), Tyrone Willingham (former FBS head coach), and Archie Manning (former NFL quarterback), who has excused himself for medical reasons — will be releasing rankings every Tuesday through the end of the season.

The criteria for rankings emphasize conference champions, strength of schedule and head-to-head results. You can see the entire list of the committee’s rankings here.