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College Football Playoff rankings: Arizona 22nd in first edition of top 25

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NCAA Football: Washington State at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The first College Football Playoff rankings of 2017 are here, and the Arizona Wildcats debut in the 22nd position.

Arizona, who is now 6-2 and 4-1 in the Pac-12, has vaulted to the top of the Pac-12 South standings thanks to one of the most amazing months ever put together by a college football player.

Khalil Tate has gone from the bench to possible Heisman candidate and Maxwell Award semifinalist in four short weeks. Oh, and he’s been named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week in each of those four games, a new conference record.

Tate has almost single-handedly rejuvenated a fanbase that needed something to root for, and now there is plenty on the line as we head into the final month of the season.

It starts with Saturday night’s game against the USC Trojans, who are 17th in this first CFB ranking. The winner will have the inside track to a Pac-12 South title and possibly more.

That game kicks off at 7:45 PM PT on ESPN.

Here’s the full top 25:

  1. Georgia Bulldogs
  2. Alabama Crimson Tide
  3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  4. Clemson Tigers
  5. Oklahoma Sooners
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes
  7. Penn State Nittany Lions
  8. TCU Horned Frogs
  9. Wisconsin Badgers
  10. Miami-Florida Hurricanes
  11. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  12. Washington Huskies
  13. Virginia Tech Hokies
  14. Auburn Tigers
  15. Iowa St. Cyclones
  16. Mississippi St. Bulldogs
  17. USC Trojans
  18. UCF Knights
  19. LSU Tigers
  20. N.C. State Wolfpack
  21. Stanford Cardinal
  22. Arizona Wildcats
  23. Memphis Tigers
  24. Michigan State Spartans
  25. Washington State Cougars