Ohio State has its work cut out for it to make the 2018 College Football Playoff, if the first rankings are an indication.

The Buckeyes, whose last game was their first loss of the year, a 49-20 beatdown at Purdue on Oct. 20, were No. 10 on the initial list. It was compiled by the CFP selection committee and released on Tuesday night. The committee includes OSU athletic director Gene Smith for a second year.

The top four were no surprise, with defending national champion and unbeaten Alabama at No. 1, followed by unbeaten Clemson, one-beaten LSU and unbeaten Notre Dame.

The next six were all teams with one loss, with No. 5 being Michigan, followed by Georgia, Oklahoma, Washington State, Kentucky and Ohio State.

Obviously, there are showdowns looming in the next several weeks that promise to shake up the standings, starting with Alabama playing at LSU on Saturday night.

The top four teams in the final rankings on Dec. 2 will make the playoff field.

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