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Volunteers lead initial 2022 CFP ranking

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The 2022 initial College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings were released on Tuesday night. Instead of looking at the entire Top 25, we’ll look at the Top 6 since those are the teams who may battle for the final four spots in the College Football Playoff come December and January.

A Southeastern Conference team is leading the pack. No, it’s not the Georgia Bulldogs or the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Hendon Hooker hands off to Jabari Small against the University of Tennessee-Martin (Photo by the Tennessee Volunteers Football/Twitter)

Note: Game times are Eastern Standard Time

The Tennessee Volunteers are the top team. They have an 8-0 record. They have a huge matchup with No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday on CBS at 3:30 pm at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are the No. 2 team in the rankings. The 8-0 Buckeyes have a game they are expected to win against the 1-7 Northwestern Wildcats at noon on ABC at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois.

As mentioned, the Georgia Bulldogs are No. 3. They have a mega matchup with the No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday.

Two former College Football Playoff National Champions make up the final three teams. Two-time College Football Playoff National Champion Clemson Tigers are the No. 4 team. The Tigers, who are 8-0, are on the road against the 5-3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 7:30 pm on NBC on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

The Michigan Wolverines are the No. 5 team. The Wolverines — who made their first CFP appearance in 2021 — are unbeaten with an 8-0 mark.

On Saturday, they are on the road against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at 7:30 pm on the Big Ten Network at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.

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The final team in the Top 6 has won the most College Football Playoff National Championships since it was launched in 2014. The three-time CFP National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide are 7-1.

The Crimson Tide are on the road with one of their rivalry games. They face the No. 15 LSU Tigers, who are 6-2, at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at 7 pm on ESPN.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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