All season long, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said that he and his team didn’t pay attention to any polls. The same was said Tuesday afternoon before the College Football Playoff Committee announced its initial rankings.
If Malzahn and company were to have been paying attention on Tuesday night, they would have saw that Auburn received the third spot in the first of seven College Football Playoff rankings.
“It does not concern me at all,” Malzahn said earlier on Tuesday. “We have three (Associated Press) top 10 teams on the road. I don’t think there’s another team in college football that can say that. We’ve already gone to Kansas State and they are No. 11. We played the No. 1 team on the road. The ball is in our court. We will worry about that when it gets to the end.”
The end comes on Dec. 7, when the final rankings are released. Then, the top four teams will advance to the first college football playoff. The four teams will square off in the semifinals on Jan. 1 at either the Rose Bowl or the Sugar Bowl. The winners then advance to the National Championship game on Jan. 12 in Dallas.
Coming in at No. 1 is undefeated Mississippi State (7-0) with also unbeaten Florida State (7-0) at No. 2. The No. 4 team is Ole Miss (7-1), which the Tigers face on Saturday in Oxford, Mississippi.
Ranked at fifth is Oregon (7-1), followed by Alabama (7-1) at No. 6. Rounding out the top 10 is TCU, Michigan State, Kansas State and Notre Dame.