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Michigan lands at No. 5 in first College Football Playoff rankings

Michigan is one of three Big Ten teams in the initial CFP top-25.

Wisconsin v Michigan Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Michigan Wolverines find themselves at No. 5 in the first College Football Playoff Rankings of the 2018 season.

Alabama is the No. 1 team in the country (SHOCKER), followed by Clemson at No. 2, LSU at No. 3 and Notre Dame at No. 4.

Rounding out the top 10 are Georgia, Oklahoma, Washington State, Kentucky and Ohio State.

The Buckeyes being ranked lower than Washington State and Kentucky was the huge surprise of the night. Washington State and Kentucky have a few quality wins, but seeing Ohio State lower than those two teams is a big surprise.

At the end of the day, these initial rankings don’t mean a thing. Alabama and LSU play each other this weekend in Baton Rouge, so one top-3 team is losing this weekend no matter what.

For Michigan, the bottom line is simple: keep winning and you’ll go far. If you slip up once, the CFP is likely out of reach. Being No. 5 right now means nothing. Go out there, keep winning and do your business.

Michigan is 7-1 coming off a bye week and play Penn State at home this Saturday. The Playoff Committee put Penn State at No. 14.