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The College Football Playoff committee will meet this week to put together its first official rankings for the 2017 season.

With the first poll scheduled to be released on Tuesday, ESPN’s Ryan McGee predicted that the final top-4 will be:

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Clemson

However, McGee also provided a different prediction of what the top-4 should be, which has the two SEC teams flipped at No. 1 and No. 2:

  1. Georgia
  2. Alabama
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Oklahoma

McGee argues that Georgia’s win over Notre Dame is far more impressive than any of the Crimson Tide’s victories this season, especially the season-opener against Florida State that has since seemed less like the “greatest opening weekend matchup ever” as the Seminoles have struggled throughout the season.

Of course, that won’t matter after the SEC Championship with the winner likely to earn the top ranking either way,

The other big difference is reigning national champion Clemson being replaced by Oklahoma. Both teams have one loss, but the Sooners’ came against an Iowa State team ranked in the top-25 that also upset No. 4 TCU this past weekend.

Clemson’s loss came against a 4-4 Syracuse team and the Tigers are expected to have an easy road through the ACC Championship that should keep them ranked in the top-4.

Still, there’s several weeks left in the regular season, as well as conference games, which could provide a shakeup to the final rankings.

ESPN analyst ranks one team ahead of Alabama in latest College Football Playoff prediction Frederick Breedon/Getty Images
Jason has contributed to numerous websites in the past covering a wide range of sports including SEC football for the past four seasons. He began his journalism career as a student journalist at the University of Tennessee where he covered the Vols for the student radio station and newspaper. Here’s ...Read more
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