Gophers 17th in initial College Football Playoff Rankings

Saturday's opponent, Penn State, is #4

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November 05, 2019 - 9:01 pm

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The Latest on the season's first College Football Playoff rankings are out, and Minnesota makes the initial list.  Ranked #13 in the AP Top 25, the Gophers didn't get much respect from the playoff committee checking in at #17.

This is the Gophers first appearance in the College Football Playoff rankings since finishing the 2014 regular season ranked No. 25

That number can go way up if they beat Penn State this coming Saturday.  The Nittany Lions are in #4, which, if the season ended today would qualify them for the semifinals. 

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Ohio State, LSU, and Alabama round out the top four in the College Football Playoff selection committee's first rankings of the season.

Wisconsin, despite two losses, is at #13, Michigan #14 and Iowa the other Big Ten team in the rankings at #18.  The Gophers still play Iowa and Wisconsin in addition to Penn State this year. 

Defending national champion Clemson was #5, followed by Georgia and Oregon. The 13-member committee will produce four more sets of rankings each Tuesday before the only ones that really count come out on selection Sunday, Dec. 8.

The top four in the selection committee's initial rankings have never all reached the semifinals in the playoff's five-year history. Eleven of the 20 teams that started in the top four of the CFP rankings have reached the playoff, but, oddly, never the team ranked third.

College Football Playoff Ranking
1. Ohio State (8-0)
2. LSU (8-0)
3. Alabama (8-0)
4. Penn State (8-0)
5. Clemson (8-0)
6. Georgia (7-1)
7. Oregon (8-1)
8. Utah (8-1)
9. Oklahoma (7-1)
10. Florida (7-2)
11. Auburn (7-2)
12. Baylor (8-0)
13. Wisconsin (6-2)
14. Michigan (7-2)
15. Notre Dame (6-2)
16. Kansas State (6-2)
17. Minnesota (8-0)
18. Iowa (6-2)
19. Wake Forest (7-1)
20. Cincinnati (7-1)
21. Memphis (8-1)
22. Boise State (7-1)
23. Oklahoma State (6-3)
24. Navy (7-1)
25. SMU (8-1)

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