CFP: Oregon Ducks debut at No. 8 in first CFP Rankings, Oregon State at No. 23

The Oregon Ducks debuted at No. 8 in the first College Football Playoff rankings for the 2022 season, released Tuesday.

Oregon (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) is the highest-ranked Pac-12 program in the CFP rankings.  USC (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) is close behind at No. 9, with UCLA (7-1, 4-1) ranked No. 12 and Utah (7-1, 4-1) checking in at No. 14.

The Oregon State Beavers (6-2, 3-2) made it five Pac-12 schools in the CFP rankings with a No. 23 mark.  Earlier in the week, the Beavers cracked the AP Poll for the first time since 2013 with a No. 24 rank.  The Beavers visit unranked Washington (6-2, 3-2) in a big road test Friday night in Seattle (7:30 p.m., ESPN 2).

Oregon was ranked No. 8 in this week’s AP Poll after holding steady to that ranking following a 42-24 road win at Cal last week.  The Ducks are on the road again this Saturday, again a heavy favorite, taking on the 1-win Colorado Buffaloes (1-7, 1-4).

The Tennessee Volunteers are No. 1 in the CFP Rankings, followed by Ohio State (No. 2), reigning national champion Georgia (No. 3) and Clemson (No. 4).

Michigan is No. 5 and Alabama is No. 6.

The full rankings are below.