Ohio State checks in at No. 2 in the first College Football Playoff. Tennessee topped the first CFP poll of 2022.

During a post-reveal media teleconference, selection committee chair Boo Corrigan shared that a case was made for Ohio State to be No. 1 during the voting process:

I wish you all could have been in the room. The debate over the top 25 rankings were extensive and very animated, particularly at the top. A case was made for Ohio State to be No. 1, for Georgia and for Tennessee, and there were good arguments for each one of the schools.

Corrigan was asked to revisit those comments later during the call:

You mentioned Ohio State’s explosive offense and I think you said their defense was solid. I’d like to get more detail on what the committee thinks about Ohio State’s defense, and how close was the discussion between Ohio State and Tennessee for No. 1?

BOO CORRIGAN: Again, I’ll go back to there’s a lot of really good football teams. There’s a lot of really robust conversation going on. Ohio State has given up 17 points a game and was scoring 44 points in their last seven games. Again, it’s a well-balanced team, and as we look at it, it was something that as a group in the collective 13, really felt good about Ohio State, but again, felt those two big wins by Tennessee is what ultimately carried the day.

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While every team is looking to be No. 1, Ohio State appears to be in a great spot as the No. 2 team with the No. 5 team, Michigan, still on the schedule. We’ll see how next week’s rankings look!