Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama – in that order – were in the top-four spots in Tuesday’s release of the initial CFP rankings.

T were some things that went as expected – Clemson and LSU taking the top-two spots, for example – as well as some things that maybe caught many by surprise – Alabama, with one loss, finding itself in the top four ahead of unbeaten teams such as Michigan State, Baylor and TCU.

The Buckeyes won the national title a year ago after they debuted at No. 16 in the committee’s initial rankings fully proving it’s not really about w you start, but w you finish.

Well, this season, Ohio State won’t have to worry about that; the third-ranked Buckeyes have to feel much better about their current position.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer admitted earlier Tuesday he forgot the committee’s first rankings were going to be revealed that night.

A large part of that is the fact Ohio State is currently undefeated; it doesn’t have that early-season loss on its resume like it did one year ago.

Ohio State’s schedule is extremely backloaded – as are several of the Big 12 teams’ – and it will finish with No. 7 Michigan State and No. 17 Michigan in back-to-back weeks.

One thing is for certain with Ohio State in 2015, though: Its path to the College Football Playoff is much clearer than it was one year ago.

“Ohio State would not have made the BCS because t was only two,” Meyer said.

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