Here are two options for how the College Football Playoff rankings should look
Georgia almost certainly will be ranked No. 1 when the first College Football Playoff rankings are unveiled on Tuesday night.
Sorry to spoil the surprise.
After that, it's going to get interesting.
Six candidates highlight the conversation for the Nos. 2 through 7 spots in the rankings: Alabama, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Oregon.
Adams' order goes like this:
3. Ohio State
5. Michigan State
Toppmeyer orders the teams this way:
3. Michigan State
6. Ohio State
Other than undefeated Cincinnati, the other teams will have plenty of opportunities to bolster their résumé. The Bearcats' spot in the initial rankings is especially important, because they'll have few opportunities for quality wins to enhance their standing from here. Cincinnati's best win is a road triumph at Notre Dame.
Alabama will get a shot at Georgia if the Crimson Tide reaches the SEC Championship, while Michigan State and Ohio State will play in the regular season.
Oregon has an important head-to-head road victory over Ohio State.
Later in the episode
- Toppmeyer says Dan Mullen is acting like a coach who wants to be fired. The Gators (4-4) were blown out by Georgia on Saturday. Then, on Monday, Mullen lashed out at a reporter who asked whether a tweak in approach is needed to jumpstart Florida's slumping recruiting. Mullen said he does recruiting after the season. Excuse me? Adams pushes back, though, and says Florida would do well to remember its last two coaches, Jim McElwain and Will Muschamp, before engaging in any thought of firing Mullen.
- For all the praise given to the Big Ten East, the SEC West is perhaps as strong top to bottom as it has ever been. Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State give the Big Ten East a strong quartet of headliners, but how do you think Rutgers, Indiana and Maryland would fare in the SEC West? Toppmeyer compares this year's SEC West to the 2013 gantlet, when six teams finished with at least three conference victories. But he gives the edge to this year.
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Blake Toppmeyer is an SEC Columnist for the USA TODAY Network. John Adams is a senior columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel. If you enjoy their coverage, consider a digital subscription that will allow you access to all of it. You can also subscribe to their podcast, SEC Football Unfiltered. They also host a podcast focused on Tennessee football, The Volunteer State.