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College Football Playoff rankings: Who are the top four teams in final CFP poll of 2022?

Sporting News 12/5/2022 Zac Al-Khateeb
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The College Football Playoff committee has rendered its final verdict on the 2022 season.

At the top, as expected, are No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Michigan. Behind them are No. 3 TCU, which despite losing in the Big 12 championship game on Saturday remained in the top three teams in the nation. And, in a reversal of the 2017 rankings, Ohio State stayed ahead of Alabama to become the fourth and final team in the CFP.

TCU controlled its destiny heading into the Big 12 championship game Saturday but then lost 31-28 in overtime to No. 10 Kansas State. It's clear the committee did not wish to punish a Horned Frogs team that barely lost on conference championship weekend over teams that remained idle behind them.

With that, Alabama has missed the Playoff for just the second time under Nick Saban, and first since the 2019 season. The Crimson Tide ultimately finished fifth, the highest ranking among two-loss teams in the country. They will play in the Sugar Bowl vs. No. 9 Kansas State.

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Elsewhere, No. 6 Tennessee will play No. 7 Clemson in the Orange Bowl; No. 8 Utah will play No. 11 Penn State in the Rose Bowl; and No. 10 USC will play No. 16 Utah in the Cotton Bowl.

Here are the rest of the College Football Playoff top 25 rankings, as well as all the New Year's Day 6 bowl information you need to cap off a wild 2022 college football season:

College Football Playoff rankings 2022

Top four teams of final CFP poll

Ranking Team Record
1 Georgia 13-0
2 Michigan 13-0
3 TCU 12-1
4 Ohio State 11-1

MORE: Updated AP Top 25, Coaches Poll rankings for bowl season

First two teams out of final CFP poll

Ranking Team Record
5 Alabama 10-2
6 Tennessee 10-2

College Football Playoff top 25 rankings

Ranking Team Record
1 Georgia 13-0
2 Michigan 13-0
3 TCU 12-1
4 Ohio State 11-1
5 Alabama 10-2
6 Tennessee 10-2
7 Clemson 11-2
8 Utah 10-3
9 Kansas State 10-3
10 USC 11-2
11 Penn State 10-2
12 Washington 10-2
13 Florida State 9-3
14 Oregon State 9-3
15 Oregon 9-3
16 Tulane 11-2
17 LSU 9-4
18 UCLA 9-3
19 South Carolina 8-4
20 Texas 8-4
21 Notre Dame 8-4
22 Mississippi State 8-4
23 N.C. State 8-4
24 Troy 11-2
25 UTSA 11-2

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New Year's Day 6 bowl games

Bowl Date Teams
Orange Bowl Dec. 30 No. 6 Tennessee vs. No. 7 Clemson
Sugar Bowl Dec. 31 No. 5 Alabama vs. No. 9 Kansas State
Peach Bowl (CFP semifinal) Dec. 31 No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 4 Ohio State
Fiesta Bowl (CFP semifinal) Dec. 31 No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 TCU
Cotton Bowl Jan. 2 No. 10 USC vs. No. 16 Tulane
Rose Bowl Game Jan. 2 No. 8 Utah vs. No. 11 Penn State
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