Alabama ranked No. 2 in the initial College Football Rankings released Tuesday night with a conference rival squarely in front of it.

Georgia was in the top spot, led by Kirby Smart, a former Saban assistant. The Bulldogs have the nation’s premier win of the season in a one-point road victory over Notre Dame in September. Notre Dame was slotted No. 3. Defending national champion Clemson ranked fourth.

CFP Selection Committee Chair Kirby Hocutt said the debate between Georgia and Alabama was very close and passionate. He said the difference was Georgia’s two victories over CFP Top 25 ranked teams.

Saban’s annual rant rankings was delivered during his Monday press conference.

“I could care less about the poll,” Saban said. “What significance does the poll have right now? All we’re talking about right here is the challenge of our season. Where are we going to be in the poll if we don’t play well in the next four games? So I’m focused on our next four games and I could care less about the poll. You won’t  see me wasting any time watching TV, watching who’s one and who’s two. It really doesn’t matter. What really matters is how you play the rest of the season. How you focus the rest of the season, how you stay focused the rest of the season. If our players think anything of it, then that could be a problem and an issue too. These are the things that we try to categorize as ‘poison’ that you really don’t want your players to be focusing on or thinking about. But I appreciate you asking so I could get this off my chest.”

The rest of the Top 25 included

No. 5 Oklahoma

No. 6 Ohio State

No. 7 Penn State

No. 8 TCU

No. 9 Wisconsin

No. 10 Miami

No. 11 Oklahoma State

No. 12 Washington

No. 13 Virginia Tech

No. 14 Auburn

No. 15 Iowa State

No. 16 Mississippi State

No. 17 Southern California

No. 18 UCF

No. 19 LSU

No. 20 N.C. State

No. 21 Stanford

No. 22 Arizona

No. 23 Memphis

No. 24 Michigan State

No. 25 Washington State

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