UCLA Football Is Ranked 23rd In The Initial College Football Playoff Rankings


The College Football Playoff Committee released their first Top 25 of the 2015 season and UCLA is ranked 23rd in the poll that will determine the four teams to battle it out for the College Football Championship.

The Bruins are 6-2 on the season but have had to incur a series of injuries and disappointing games that have hampered their College Football Playoff campaign for the 2015 season. Still they enter the first College Football Playoff rankings at #23.

With the Bruins losing two games already, with one being to underachieving Arizona State and the other which was a brutal beat down up at Stanford, this seems to be a proper placement for UCLA at this point.

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It also did not help that the Bruins nearly lost to lowly Colorado at home this last weekend and had to make a triumphant comeback of their own against a team that has only had one conference win in the last two years. That was also a big factor in UCLA’s placement.

Still, this is only the first rankings of the season. Keep in mind that UCLA controls their own destiny in the Pac-12 South Division and if they win out and manage to capture the Pac-12 title, they could have a shot at the Top 4. But in reality, how likely is it that a 2-loss team will make the playoffs, especially with the SEC being a huge favorite.

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Speaking of favorites, Alabama, which is ranked #7 in the AP Poll, managed to capture the #4 spot. Now I am not saying that there is favoritism here, but there looks to be a lot of favoritism here. Not only that, LSU is also in the Top 4, giving the SEC two teams in the playoffs at this moment. LSU is a team that I can see having a legitimate shot at the playoff, but 1-loss Alabama being chosen over still unbeaten Baylor, TCU and Michigan State seems a bit biased.

But as I wrote above, there is still a lot of football to be played and conference championship games will be a huge factor in deciding the Final Four. What we see today will not be seen on New Year’s Eve in the semifinal games.

Here is the College Football Playoff Committee’s Top 25:

Do you agree or disagree?