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National championship odds following first College Football Playoff ranking

In what has become an annual tradition, the discussion over the first College Football Playoff rankings has taken over the week. 

Tuesday night, the CFP committee announced its first of six rankings leading up to the final year of the four-team playoff format, and there was a major surprise at the top. 

The College Football Playoff National Championship trophy

The College Football Playoff national championship trophy is displayed on the field before the national championship between the Georgia Bulldogs and the TCU Horned Frogs at SoFi Stadium Jan. 9, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif.  (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Georgia has been at the top of The Associated Press’s Top 25 for 20 consecutive weeks, but it isn’t first in the only poll that matters. 

Ohio State comes in as No. 1 in the initial poll after wins over No. 15 Notre Dame and No. 11 Penn State. The committee clearly put a lot of weight on strength of schedule, and the Buckeyes have more quality wins than the Bulldogs. 

The Pac-12 has been the best conference in college football all season and has six teams in the first CFP ranking. 

Texas +1400

Despite a gutting loss to Oklahoma in the “Red River Rivalry” game, Steve Sarkisian has his team in prime position heading into November. 

With Oklahoma’s loss to Kansas in Week 9, there is now a five-way tie atop the Big 12, as Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Iowa State are all 4-1 in the conference. 

Week 10 should provide some clarity in the Big 12 as Texas and Kansas State square off, and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State play their “Bedlam” series for the last time in the conference before the Sooners head to the SEC in 2024. 

The health of quarterback Quinn Ewers is the major concern as he is week-to-week with a shoulder injury. 

Washington Huskies +1400

Alabama Crimson Tide +1400

Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.

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