The first College Football Playoff rankings will be released on Tuesday and we’re breaking down the Week 10 Top 25 CFP rankings after a crazy Saturday.
Nine weeks of the 2022 season are now complete and that means that the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season are going to be released on Tuesday, Nov. 1. We’ve been looking at the AP Top 25 all year, but the selection committee has their own criteria and way to look at what we’ve seen that will start to paint a clearer picture of what the Playoff could look like.
It’s a highly intriguing week for the first CFP rankings to be dropping after we saw two Top 10 teams in the AP Top 25, Oklahoma State and Wake Forest, get blown out in upset losses. Meanwhile, we saw Georgia, Michigan and Tennessee all dominate rivalry games while Ohio State had to come from behind after trailing at the half.
So what are the first College Football Playoff rankings going to look like? We have our projections set after the Week 9 action.
Projected College Football Playoff rankings after Week 9: No. 25-21
25. Texas Longhorns
Does Texas deserve to be ranked in the Top 25 of the initial 2022 CFP rankings? Honestly, probably not. But I have a feeling that they are going to get the big-name bump that the committee often gives to teams like the Longhorns. The good news is that Texas will have a chance to prove it belongs after being idle when they travel to take on Kansas State next week.
24. Oregon State Beavers
I made the case for Oregon State to be in the AP Top 25 last week and still believe they deserved that nod. Things didn’t play out that way, though, but some teams losing should clear their path into the Playoff rankings. The Beavers’ only two losses came against USC and Utah, two Top 12 teams in the country. That’s a strong resumé and one they can parlay further if they beat Washington on the road next week.
23. Liberty Flames
The one thing holding Liberty back is the fact that their schedule this season hasn’t been all that strong. With that said, they are now 7-1 on the season and Hugh Freeze, locked in with a new extension, has a team that is looking as good as they should against most inferior competition and that took Wake Forest to the brink in a one-point loss. We’ll find out a lot when they face Arkansas next week but the Flames deserve some love.
22. UCF Knights
UCF was well on its way to being ranked last week before they suffered a stunning Saturday night loss to East Carolina on the road. But the Knights were likely looking ahead to what was their eventual win over ranked Cincinnati this week. The big concern is the loss of John Rhys Plumlee to an injury but Gus Malzahn has this team cooking in a big way.
21. NC State Wolfpack
With backup quarterback Jack Chambers, NC State looked like it could win and still fall out of the Top 25 in any rankings. But they made the move to MJ Morris against Virginia Tech on Thursday and the third-stringer reignited the offense and moved the Pack to 6-2 on the season. They still aren’t the same team they were with Devin Leary but, with their defense and a boost from Morris, NC State looks far more dangerous than they did a week ago.