Georgia leads the second CFP ranking, with Tennessee dropping to No. 5

Georgia moved from No. 3 to No. 1 in the second edition of the College Football Playoff rankings.

The The Bulldogs beat former No. 1 Tennessee 27-13 on Saturday. The Volunteers dropped to 5th place and are the top one-loss team in the standings. Ohio State, Michigan and TCU round out the top four. Michigan moved up two spots and TCU moved up three spots.

Alabama dropped to 9th After losing to LSU And Clemson dropped to 10th After losing to Notre Dame. LSU is ranked No. 7 and is 8-1 at No. 8 USC behind Oregon as the team with its top two losses. Tuesday’s ranking is the first playoff ranking since 2014 that does not feature Alabama or Clemson in the top four and the first without either team in the top six.

The SEC has four teams in the top 12, Ole Miss at No. 11, and the Pac-12 has three teams in the top dozen and four in the top 13. UCLA and Utah are behind the Rebels with Penn State ranked No. are in 14. ahead of North Carolina.

Georgia moved into a College Football Playoff spot after defeating former No. 1 Tennessee last weekend. (Photo by Jeffrey West/ICON Sportswire via Getty Images)

Only three teams can finish the season undefeated

With Ohio State and Michigan set to meet in the final week of the regular season, only three of the top four teams in the rankings can finish the season undefeated. Both Tennessee and the Ohio State-Michigan losers will be 11-1 and hoping for an upset in Saturday’s conference championship.

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A two-loss team’s playoff chances hinge on LSU. The Tigers must win their final three games of the regular season and beat Georgia in the SEC title game to have a chance to become the first two-loss team to reach the Final Four. The playoffs at this point will be comprised of undefeated and one-loss teams, especially given the depth of the Pac-12. If Ole Miss beats Alabama and LSU loses to Arkansas, the one-loss Rebels are suddenly in control of the SEC West.

College Football Playoff Rankings

1. Georgia (9-0)

2. Ohio State (9-0)

3. Michigan (9-0)

4. TCU (9-0)

5. Tennessee (8-1)

6. Oregon (8-1)

7. LSU (7-2)

8. USC (8-1)

9. Alabama (7-2)

10. Clemson (8-1)

11. Ole Miss (8-1)

12. UCLA (8-1)

13. Utah (7-2)

14. Penn State (7-2)

15. North Carolina (8-1)

16. NC State (7-2)

17. Tulane (8-1)

18. Texas (6-3)

19. Kansas State (6-3)

20. Our Lady (6-3)

21. Illinois (7-2)

22. UCF (7-2)

23. Florida State (6-3)

24. Kentucky (6-3)

25. Washington (7-2)

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