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Penn State No. 7 in first College Football Playoff rankings

After their 39-38 loss to the Ohio State Saturday, coach James Franklin's Penn State squad was slotted at No. 7 in the first College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday.  (AP photo)

NEW YORK -- Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday.

Oklahoma and Ohio State were the next two in the selection committee's initial top 25.

After their 39-38 loss to the Buckeyes Saturday, Penn State was slotted at No. 7.

The final rankings that will determine the participants in the College Football Playoff semifinals come out Dec. 3.

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.

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