6No surprises at the top
Heading into the unveiling, it was widely accepted Alabama would retain its No. 1 position. Anything to the contrary would’ve seemed ridiculous after a 29-0 dismantling of LSU. Clemson and Notre Dame followed the Crimson Tide, as expected. While there was a little uncertainty of whether Michigan would replace LSU’s vacated spot, most projections favored the Wolverines to round out the top four followed by UGA and Oklahoma. That’s exactly what happened. It’s not a dramatic lesson, but the sport’s viewership knows it has a similar perception of top teams compared to the committee.