Ohio State No. 1 in Initial 2019 College Football Playoff Rankings

By Kevin Harrish on November 5, 2019 at 9:34 pm
Ohio State is No. 1.
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The Committee says the Buckeyes are the top team in the land.

After an 8-0 start, Ohio State debuts at No. 1 in the first set of College Football Playoff rankings of the season, marking the fist time the Buckeyes have ever been the top team in the rankings.

Ohio State is joined in the top four by No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Alabama and No. 4 Penn State ahead of this weekend's matchup between LSU and the Crimson Tide.

"Ohio state has performed at a very consistent level, really good on both sides of the ball, explosive offensive playmakers and chase young is as disruptive a defensive player as there is in the country," committee chairman Rob Mullens said regarding Ohio State's ranking. "They perform at a consistently high level every week."

The Buckeyes have two wins over two teams ranked in the debut College Football Playoff rankings – No. 20 Cincinnati and No. 13 Wisconsin – with games against No. 14 Michigan and No. 4 Penn State remaining on the regular season slate, along with a potential Big Ten Championship matchup.

Of the five teams ranked No. 1 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, three of them were still No. 1 in the final rankings and four of them ultimately made the playoff. However, the team ranked in the top of the initial rankings has never won the national title.

Here are the full rankings:

No. Team Conference Record
1 OHIO STATE BIG TEN 8-0
2 LSU SEC 8-0
3 ALABAMA SEC 8-0
4 PENN STATE BIG TEN 8-0
5 CLEMSON ACC 9-0
6 GEORGIA SEC 7-1
7 OREGON PAC-12 8-1
8 UTAH PAC-12 8-1
9 OKLAHOMA BIG 12 7-1
10 FLORIDA SEC 7-2
11 AUBURN SEC 7-2
12 BAYLOR BIG 12 8-0
13 WISCONSIN BIG TEN 6-2
14 MICHIGAN BIG TEN 7-2
15 NOTRE DAME INDEPENDENT 6-2
16 KANSAS STATE BIG 12 6-2
17 MINNESOTA BIG TEN 8-0
18 IOWA BIG TEN 6-2
19 WAKE FOREST ACC 7-1
20 CINCINNATI AMERICAN 7-1
21 MEMPHIS AMERICAN 8-1
22 BOISE STATE MOUNTAIN WEST 7-1
23 OKLAHOMA STATE BIG 12 6-3
24 NAVY AMERICAN 7-1
25 SMU AMERICAN 8-1
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