College Football Playoff rankings: Bama is 1, Florida Gators and UCF in top 12

The Gators have their highest CFP ranking since the first set in 2016, and UCF begins six spots higher than it did last year.
It will take a lot for UCF and McKenzie Milton to make it to the College Football Playoff. [ AP FILE PHOTO ]
It will take a lot for UCF and McKenzie Milton to make it to the College Football Playoff. [ AP FILE PHOTO ]
Published October 30 2018

The College Football Playoff selection committee didn't have any major surprises at the top of its first rankings.

Alabama is No. 1, followed by Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame. No. 5 Michigan would be the first team out, with Georgia and Oklahoma next.

The Florida Gators start at No. 11. That's their highest position by the CFP committee since the first rankings in 2016.

UCF is one spot below the Gators, at No. 12. That's six spots higher than where the Knights were in the first set of rankings last year, en route to their perfect season.

Washington State looks like the Pac-12's best shot at making the playoff. The 7-1 Cougars are eighth. No. 15 Utah is the league's only other ranked team.

Kentucky is No. 9, with Ohio State rounding out the top 10. Jimbo Fisher's Texas A&M Aggies are 20th. UCF and No. 23 Fresno State are the only Group of Five representatives in the rankings.

The full rankings, announced Tuesday on ESPN:

1.       Alabama

2.       Clemson

3.       LSU

4.       Notre Dame

5.       Michigan

6.       Georgia

7.       Oklahoma

8.       Washington State

9.       Kentucky

10.   Ohio State

11.   Florida

12.   UCF

13.   West Virginia

14.   Penn State

15.   Utah

16.   Iowa

17.   Texas

18.   Mississippi State

19.   Syracuse

20.   Texas A&M

21.   North Carolina State

22.   Boston College

23.   Fresno State

24.   Iowa State

25.   Virginia

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