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Brett McMurphy Releases Projection For 1st College Football Playoff Rankings

A general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: A general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

The College Football Playoff rankings are set to be unveiled shortly. We'll find out which teams are sitting in good shape with a full month left in the year.

Some analysts have already dropped in their projections for what the top of the rankings will look like.

College football insider Brett McMurphy just logged his top six, and he has a pretty interesting order, especially considering this weekend's games.

Brett McMurphy has Alabama at No. 1, as expected, and the LSU Tigers in at No. 2.

The easy assumption is that Clemson will be the second-ranked team. However, LSU may have the more impressive wins thus far, even with a loss against Florida.

Alabama and LSU face off in Baton Rouge this weekend, so that would make it a true No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the playoff rankings.

Clemson and Notre Dame are pretty uncontroversial inclusions in the top four. Michigan is probably the team bumped out based on the LSU inclusion right now.

Of course, the Wolverines still have some big hurdles, including Ohio State at the end of the year. If they beat the Buckeyes and win the Big Ten, a one-loss Michigan team is almost definitely in.

As always, these rankings are fun to debate, but they don't mean anything until after the conference championship games.