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Michigan State ranked No. 3 in first College Football Playoff Top-25 rankings of 2021 season

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The Michigan State Spartans are 8-0 and coming off of a top-10 victory over the rival Michigan Wolverines. MSU has been one of the most surprising teams in the country in 2021, and the College Football Playoff Committee has taken notice of the Spartans.

In the initial College Football Playoff Top-25 rankings of the 2021 season, Michigan State came in ranked at No. 3, behind only the Georgia Bulldogs (8-0) and Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1), and ahead of the No. 4-ranked Oregon Ducks (7-1). At the end of the season, the top-four ranked teams at that time (which certainly can change from this week’s initial rankings) will compete in the College Football Playoff for a championship.

Full rankings (Big Ten teams in bold)

  1. Georgia
  2. Alabama
  3. Michigan State
  4. Oregon
  5. Ohio State
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Michigan
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Wake Forest
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Baylor
  13. Auburn
  14. Texas A&M
  15. BYU
  16. Mississippi
  17. Mississippi State
  18. Kentucky
  19. North Carolina State
  20. Minnesota
  21. Wisconsin Badgers
  22. Iowa Hawkeyes
  23. Fresno State
  24. San Diego State
  25. Pittsburgh

There are six Big Ten teams included in this week’s rankings. In addition to the No. 3 ranking in the CFP, Michigan State also currently ranks No. 5 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 6 in the Coaches Poll.