Irish land at No. 10 in first selection committee rankings

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame may have been better off in the old BCS system.

That is if the first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings are any indication.

The Irish (6-1), ranked No. 6 in the AP poll, were 10th in the initial committee rankings.

The top four in order are Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Ole Miss.

Oregon was fifth, followed by Alabama, TCU, Michigan State, Kansas State and ND.

The Irish play Navy (4-4) Saturday night at Landover, Md. (8 ET, CBS-TV).

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and the Irish have a lot of work to do to impress the College Football Playoff Committee after landing at No. 10 in the initial committee-generated rankings released Tuesday night.  AP Photo/MARK WALLHEISER)

1. Mississippi State (7-0)

2. Florida State (7-0)

3. Auburn (6-1)

4. Mississippi (7-1)

5. Oregon (7-1)

6. Alabama (7-1)

7. TCU (6-1)

8. Michigan State (7-1)

9. Kansas State (6-1)

10. Notre Dame (6-1)

11. Georgia (6-1)

12. Arizona (6-1)

13. Baylor (6-1)

14. Arizona State (6-1)

15. Nebraska (7-1)

16. Ohio State (6-1)

17. Utah (6-1)

18. Oklahoma (5-2)

19. LSU (7-2)

20. West Virginia (6-2)

21. Clemson (6-2)

22. UCLA (6-2)

23. East Carolina (6-1)

24. Duke (6-1)

25. Louisville (6-2)