College Football Playoff Rankings: Florida at No. 10 in first release of 2019

By Adam Silverstein
November 6, 2019
College Football Playoff Rankings: Florida at No. 10 in first release of 2019

The top-ranked two-loss team through 10 weeks of the 2019 season is officially the Florida Gators, which checked in at No. 10 in the first edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings on Tuesday night. Florida (7-2, 4-2 SEC) fell on Saturday to Georgia (7-1, 4-1 SEC), which opens as the highest-rated one-loss team at No. 6.

It came as little surprise Ohio State, LSU, Alabama and Penn State took the first four spots — in that order — with undefeated defending national champion Clemson checking in at No. 5. What was unexpected by some was for 8-0 Baylor to check in at No. 12 — behind both Florida and 7-2 Auburn — and 8-0 Minnesota to be all the way down at No. 17.

In actuality, the nine teams ranked ahead of the Gators are the most likely to take the four spots in the playoff, though the Bears and Golden Gophers would certainly be chosen if they get through their respective schedules undefeated.

The road for Florida to get into the field is extremely convoluted, which is why Saturday’s game was a de facto CFP elimination game. It would start by winning out, seeing Georgia lose two regular-season games and then UF either beating Alabama or LSU in the SEC Championship Game. And even then, whichever team loses this week’s regular-season meeting between the Crimson Tide and Tigers could potentially get in over a two-loss SEC title-winning Gators. That’s not to mention the possibility of numerous other undefeated and one-loss teams.

So in other words, Florida is likely playing for a New Year’s Six bowl. It is currently projected to play in the Orange Bowl, according to CBS Sports bowl expert Jerry Palm.

But that is still over a month away. Let’s take a look at the first CFP Rankings of 2019.

1. Alabama (8-0)
2. LSU (8-0)
3. Alabama (8-0)
4. Penn State (8-0)

5. Clemson (9-0)
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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