We then have undefeated UCF - who has yet to play a team with a winning record - sitting comfortably at No. 12, just waiting for any or all of those one-loss teams to stumble. "If they knock off Notre Dame and get to the Big Ten championship game, that would be a resume builder".
You might argue that LSU's spot doesn't matter because most expect Alabama to beat the Tigers on Saturday anyway.
With this particular ranking, there would be five SEC teams in the New Year's Six bowls, including two in the semifinal.
Alabama is No. 1, followed by Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame to round out the top four.
In 2015 and '16, two teams in the committee's first four made the playoff.
That being said, here's the intel we can glean from the committee's first rankings of 2018.
The initial College Football Playoff Rankings are somewhat of a depressing release for Texas football now after the Week 9 loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys. "They've found a way to win, and their only loss is to a CFP ranked team in overtime". Like last season, the seeds are planted for the SEC to send two teams to the playoff if the right amounts of water and sunlight are provided.
Gardner Minshew and WSU are in the first College Football Playoff rankings.
Alabama has yet to hit a speed bump this season (scored 50-plus points in all but two games) and has a firm hold on the first spot.
Clemson has been playing its best football of the season as of late. A year ago, three of them - Georgia, Alabama and Clemson - finished in the top four. No team ranked third in the first CFP rankings has ever made the playoff.
The Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual is a contract bowl which historically pits the Big Ten champ against the Pac-12 champ, which is projected in this ranking to be No. 5 MI against No. 8 Washington State.
UCF was the highest ranked team from outside the Power Five conferences at 12th. That changes Thursday when the Knights host 5-3 Temple, and UCF closes its season against 7-1 Cincinnati and 7-1 USF.
Whether or not the Eagles make a home for themselves in the CFP rankings is likely dependent on their matchup with Virginia Tech this weekend.