Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame lead first College Football Playoff rankings

It’s no surprise Alabama is at No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings.

The defending national champions lead No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 LSU, and No. 4 Notre Dame in the top four in Tuesday’s rankings. Either Alabama or LSU will likely fall out of the top four next week as they meet Saturday in Baton Rouge.

Another big top 10 game in the SEC happens in Lexington on Saturday when No. 9 Kentucky plays No. 6 Georgia.

Central Florida, undefeated at 7-0, came in at No. 12. The Knights are once again a longshot to make the playoff barring a bunch of teams ahead of them losing again.

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50. Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic

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49. Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

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48. Shaq Quarterman, LB, Miami

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47. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

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46. Chase Winovich, DL, Michigan

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45. Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

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44. Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

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43. T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin

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42. David Edwards, OL, Wisconsin

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41. Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

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40. Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

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39. Greg Little, OL, Ole Miss

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38. Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

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37. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

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36. A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College

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35. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

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34. Levonta Taylor, CB, Florida State

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33. D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

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32. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

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31. Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama

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30. Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

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29. Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

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28. Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington

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27. Devin White, LB, LSU

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26. A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

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25. Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan

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24. Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson

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23. J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

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22. Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

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21. Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

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20. McKenzie Milton, QB, Central Florida

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19. Khalil Tate, QB, Arizona

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18. David Sills V, WR, West Virginia

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17. Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

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16. Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State

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15. Jake Browning, QB, Washington

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14. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

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13. Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

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12. Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

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11. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

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10. Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

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9. Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State

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8. Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

7. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

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6. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

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5. Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

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4. Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

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3. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

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2. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford

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1. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

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Full rankings

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. LSU
4. Notre Dame
5. Michigan
6. Georgia
7. Oklahoma
8. Washington State
9. Kentucky
10. Ohio State
11. Florida
12. UCF
13. West Virginia
14. Penn State
15. Utah
16. Iowa
17. Texas
18. Mississippi State
19. Syracuse
20. Texas A&M
21. NC State
22. Boston College
23. Fresno State
24. Iowa State
25. Virginia

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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