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Penn State ranked No. 7 in initial College Football Playoff rankings

The first College Football Playoff rankings of the season were released Tuesday night and Penn State was nowhere to be found in the top four.

After leading by as many as 18 points last Saturday at Ohio State, the Nittany Lions allowed three fourth-quarter touchdowns to J.T. Barrett for a 39-38 loss.

As a result, Penn State fell to No. 7 in the AP Poll — its worst position of the season — and landed in the same spot of the College Football Playoff rankings.

While the Nittany Lions are on the outside looking in, Georgia is peering down at the rest from the No. 1 perch, followed by Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson.

Oklahoma and Ohio State were the next two in the selection committee's initial top 25. The final rankings that will determine the participants in the College Football Playoff semifinals come out Dec. 3.

Georgia and Alabama, Southeastern Conference rivals, are both undefeated and have been dominating its competition. The Bulldogs' one close game was at Notre Dame in September, a 20-19 victory.

The Fighting Irish (7-1) have not lost since, including blowouts of Michigan State, Southern California and North Carolina State.

Clemson (7-1), the defending national champion, and Alabama have been ranked in the initial top four of the by the selection committee each of the last three seasons. The Tigers and Tide played for the last two national titles, with each winning one.

Over the first three seasons of the playoff, a total of five teams have been ranked in the top four of the initial ranking and gone on to reach the semifinals: Florida State (which was second) in 2014; Clemson (first) and Alabama (fourth) in 2015; and Alabama (first) and Clemson (second) in 2016.

After Penn State, the rest of the top 10 was followed by No. 8 TCU, No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 10 Miami. The Badgers and Hurricanes are both undefeated but with no marquee victories.

Here is the Top 25: