History has been made, as the first-ever Top 25 was released by the College Football Playoff committee on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Mark the date down in your memory bank because it was a special moment indeed.
For the Big Ten, it was also a clear indication that there is work ahead for whomever comes out as champion.
Michigan State led the Big Ten contingent in the initial rankings, coming at No. 8 in the CFP Top 25. They were the only Big Ten team to be in the Top 10, and were one of three teams to represent the conference in the rankings.
Perhaps the biggest indication of what the committee was looking for came in how the other two teams were ranked. That’s because one-loss Nebraska was somewhat surprisingly ranked ahead of fellow one-loss Ohio State.
The Huskers came in at No. 15, while Ohio State was one spot behind Nebraska at No. 16.
Mississippi State was topping the AP and Coaches Poll’s the past few weeks, and for the initial CFP rankings they occupied the top spot as well. If the season were to end today they would match up with rival Ole Miss, who was ranked No. 4.
The No. 2 spot was occupied by reigning national champion Florida State, who would face off with another SEC school, Auburn, who was the No. 3-ranked team by the 12-member selection committee.
Here is the full College Football Playoff Top 25: