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Where are the Gophers in College Football Playoff rankings?

The Gophers’ perfect record landed them a spot in the College Football Playoff rankings that debuted on Tuesday.

Minnesota (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) was ranked 17th by the 13-member committee that will have four more sets of rankings each Tuesday before the final rankings are released on Dec. 8.

The Gophers will have an opportunity to move up when they play host to Penn State (8-0, 5-0) on Saturday. The Nittany Lions are ranked fourth behind Ohio State (8-0), LSU (8-0) and Alabama (8-0). Clemson (8-0) is one spot behind Penn State.

Among the surprises: The Wisconsin Badgers, with two losses, are ranked 13th. Because the Big Ten’s champion and second-highest ranked team are both in the semifinals, Wisconsin would go to the Rose Bowl and face seventh-ranked Oregon. The Rose Bowl is guaranteed the Pac-12 champion if it isn’t in a semifinal. Obviously, this could change quickly but it’s confusing as to why the Badgers are ahead of the Gophers.

Here are the complete rankings:

1. Ohio State (8-0)
2. LSU (8-0)
3. Alabama (8-0)
4. Penn State (8-0)
5. Clemson (8-0)
6. Georgia (7-1)
7. Oregon (8-1)
8. Utah (8-1)
9. Oklahoma (7-1)
10. Florida (7-2)
11. Auburn (7-2)
12. Baylor (8-0)
13. Wisconsin (6-2)
14. Michigan (7-2)
15. Notre Dame (6-2)
16. Kansas State (6-2)
17. Gophers (8-0)
18. Iowa (6-2)
19. Wake Forest (7-1)
20. Cincinnati (7-1)
21. Memphis (8-1)
22. Boise State (7-1)
23. Oklahoma State (6-3)
24. Navy (7-1)
25. SMU (8-1)





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