The most eagerly anticipated first draft in college sports history is finally upon us.
After meeting for the better part of the last day and a half, the College Football Playoff selection committee revealed their first ever Top 25 rankings. Though only the top 4 definitively determine inclusion in the sport's playoff, the rest of the rankings provide criteria with which to help the committee fill the matchups for what was formerly known as BCS bowls, now called New Year's Bowls.
The Fiesta, Cotton and Peach Bowls will host displaced conference champions and the top-ranked champion from a non-contract conference. The highest-ranked available teams will fill any other berths. The Selection Committee will make the pairings.
Though the Buckeyes are ranked No. 13 in each of the major traditional polls, the Bucks find themselves 16 in the first ever College Football Playoff Top 25. The Bucks find themselves looking up at their opponent in two weeks, Michigan State (No. 8), as well as trailing Nebraska (No. 15) from the Big Ten in the rankings. Mississippi State is ranked No. 1 overall matching each of the two major polls.
On whether or not Ohio State's loss against Virginia Tech was an 'albatross', playoff selection committee chair (and Arkansas AD) Jeff Long said “Well, I wouldn’t call it an albatross, but it was not a good loss for them. But Ohio State has opportunities on their schedule to play up."
Long added, “We do believe based on the other teams they’ve played to this point, this is where they deserve to be ranked.”
Here's the complete Week 10 College Football Playoff Top 25: