SportsPulse: Dan Wolken details what the College Football Playoff committee got right and wrong in the first ranking of the season.


There’s not too much information a person can or should even attempt to glean from the first College Football Playoff rankings of any season, and this one in particular given the unusual scheduling circumstances teams are navigating. 

But there’s one conclusion that can easily be drawn from Tuesday’s rankings: Cincinnati and BYU need to find a way to play. 

While the selection committee showed a lot of respect for the Bearcats by slotting them No. 7 — the highest ever for an American Athletic Conference team in the first ranking — BYU being placed at No. 14 indicates the committee just doesn’t think much of the schedule the Cougars have played. 

Cincinnati clearly has an outside shot at the Playoff. BYU has a chance to finish