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Paul Finebaum Predicts The First College Football Playoff Rankings

An extreme closeup of ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum from the Cotton Bowl in Texas in 2019.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The first official College Football Playoff rankings come out next week, but one ESPN analyst didn't want to wait.

SEC pundit Paul Finebaum revealed what he thinks the playoff committee will do with the first rankings. Sorry, Clemson and Alabama fans, Finebaum doesn't think the Tigers or the Tide will sit at No. 1 - or even No. 2.

Although Finebaum said he thinks Ohio State is the most complete team in the country, he thinks LSU will top the list next week.

Paul Finebaum’s projected CFP rankings, via Saturday Down South:

1. LSU
2. Ohio State
3. Alabama
4. Clemson
5. Penn State
6. Georgia
7. Utah
8. Baylor
9. Oklahoma
10. Minnesota

Several top teams have the weekend off, meaning they will stay in contention for a top spot in the playoff rankings. Georgia and Utah are the only top teams with tough competition this weekend.

The Bulldogs face off against Florida, while the Utes take on Washington. Finebaum clearly has Georgia and Utah winning those games since both programs are in his projected top-10.

The first College Football Playoff rankings won't hold true for long. Next weekend boasts several huge games, including LSU-Alabama and Penn State-Minnesota.