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Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama top first playoff ranking

Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama top first playoff ranking

Meet your College Football Playoff if the postseason started today:

No.1 Clemson would play No. 4 Alabama in the Orange Bowl and No. 2 Louisiana State would face No. 3 Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl.

Tuesday's first playoff ranking release was only the first taste of sugar. The selection committee had to start somewhere, and a top four of Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama shouldn't surprise anyone.

The big surprise was Notre Dame at No. 5. The Irish rank four spots higher than they do in this week's USA Today coaches' poll. There is nothing like a four-point win over Temple to impress the judges.

Alabama and LSU play Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Baylor did not make...

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