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    导出博客文章Texas A&M was ranked fourth behind Alabama, Clemson and Michigan in the seasons first College Football Playoff rankings. Authentic Matt Pryor Jersey .The Aggies (7-1) surprisingly were a spot ahead of unbeaten Washington on Tuesday night in the first of six selection committee rankings. The Crimson Tide (8-0), Tigers (8-0), Wolverines (8-0) and Huskies (8-0) are the only remaining undefeated teams from Power Five conferences and hold the top four spots in the latest Associated Press poll .The 12-person committee, however, gave a nod to Texas A&Ms strength of schedule.Ohio State was sixth and Louisville was seventh.In the first two seasons of the College Football Playoff, only one team each season made the committees initial top four and the final four.The final rankings will be released Dec. 4, with the top four teams moving on to the College Football Playoff semifinals on Dec. 31 at the Fiesta and Peach bowls.A look at what matters in the rankings and what they mean moving forward:DONT PANIC HUSKIESSelection committee chairman Kirby Hocutt, Texas Techs athletic director who is now in the role that Arkansas AD Jeff Long held the first two seasons of the CFP, made it clear Texas A&Ms four victories against teams with winning records (Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee and South Carolina -- though it should be noted the Gamecocks are 4-4) provided the margin over Washington. The Huskies have two such victories.We had a lengthy discussion on the spot, Hocutt said. Washington is a well-balanced team and they had a good win on the road against Utah. But in the committees mind Texas A&M has played a stronger schedule.The good news is there is room for the Huskies to grow. Washington still has USC and Washington State on its schedule and a possible Pac-12 championship game, which could be against Utah (16th in the committees rankings), Colorado (15th) or USC, which would need a strong finish to get there. A big stretch run by Stanford would also help the Huskies.Oregon being terrible is hurting the Huskies, who are getting little credit for pounding the Ducks. Another reason for Washington fans to hate Oregon.Most important is this: The Huskies control their path to a Pac-12 championship and Texas A&M does not. The Aggies will need Alabama to lose at least a couple of times to reach the Southeastern Conference championship game.The committee is told when considering similar teams to weigh conference championships like a tiebreaker.If Washington wins out, the Huskies should be fine to get into the top four. If they win the Pac-12 but lose once along the way, it could get a little dicey for the Huskies when matched against an 11-1 A&M team that has lost only to Alabama.A prediction: If it comes down to Pac-12 champion Washington at 12-1 and Texas A&M at 11-1, the Huskies will get that spot. Now if Alabama were to be the 11-1 team instead of A&M that would be a different story.CARDINALS PROBABLY SHOULD PANICLouisville (7-1) will need two losses from Clemson to have a chance to win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. Because that is probably not happening, the Cardinals are hoping to be impressive enough to get into the top four without a conference title.The first rankings do not look promising for Louisville.Hocutt again cited strength of schedule when talking about Louisville. The Cardinals only victory against a winning team was against Florida State, a 63-20 win that very well might rate as the best singular performance by any team this season. The Cardinals next most notable game was a close loss at Clemson.Want to call out the committee? Michigan at No. 3 is benefiting from home victories against eighth-ranked Wisconsin, Colorado and Penn State, No. 12 in the rankings thanks to upsetting Ohio State. However, using the Sagarin Computer ratings, Michigans strength of schedule is 49th in the nation. Louisvilles is 52nd. Washington is 69th.The Cardinals have games remaining against Wake Forest, Houston and Kentucky, all winning teams but none ranked.The takeaway for Louisville: The Cardinals will need a ton of help to get in the playoff.MARGIN OF VICTORYHocutt pointed out the committee does not look at margin of victory, which is sort of ridiculous.The conference commissioners who set up the playoff protocol get hung up on the idea of not encouraging teams to run up the score, so there is no margin of victory metric. But there is no way the committee can evaluate teams properly while looking only at a W or L and not the final score.GROUP OF FIVEUnbeaten Western Michigan at No. 23 is the highest ranked team from the Group of Five, just ahead of Boise State at 24. The Broncos probably cant afford even one loss, but if they can make a perfect run to a Mid-American Conference title, a Cotton Bowl bid likely awaits. 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Nothing, seemingly, could stop her.But now, less than six weeks from the Rio Games, the talk is coming in the form of questions about whether Franklin is somehow in danger of not making the 2016 U.S. Olympic team that will compete in August. The trademark smile is still there, only now it carries an entirely different purpose. No longer is it an involuntary release of the joy Franklin is feeling inside. Instead, the smile is there to remind everyone -- herself included -- that everything is OK. Theres no need to panic.Tuesday night, she might have needed the boost of positivity more than she has at any other point in the past three years after finishing seventh in the 100-meter backstroke -- the event in which she won her first gold in London. Her time of 1:00.24 was more than a second-and-a-half off her personal best in London, as she was one of only three competitors in the final who failed to break a minute. During interviews afterward, the smile was still there but her words hinted that this is all starting to become a bit much.I think I am feeling more pressure than I ever have before, but thats all part of the process is learning how to deal with it and learning how to move forward, Franklin said. All I can do is the best I can do. I had a race strategy and I went out and I did it and it just wasnt good enough this time.Franklin got off to a slow start in the race and found herself in eighth place at the halfway point, a full second behind Kathleen Baker, who eventually finished second to Olivia Smoliga. Falling behind is nothing new to Franklin, but this time the margin was too much. Afterward, her coach Todd Schmitz tried to find the positives, including the fact that her start looked better technically and had the third-fastest closing time.Is she disappointed? Of course she is, Schmitz said. Anybody who says shes not isnt telling the truth. But being disappointed and using that to motivate you is different than being disappointed and just sulking around. On this pool deck, you see a lot of both. And you know what? It is what it is. We cant go back and swim them again. We just need to move on.The 100 backstroke was on the back end of a challenging double that saw Franklin swim the event 23 minutes and 36 seconds after swimming in a semifinal of the 200 meter freestyle, where she finished fourth overall. But she had a similar double in London on the night she won gold, getting special permission to swim her warm down in the diving well.Schmitz said after both races Tuesday night that he did not consider scratching to allow Franklin to focus on onlly one event. Authentic Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys. In fact, because she had struggled in the prelims and semis in the 100 back on full rest, he was hopeful that mixing it up might change things for the 21-year-old.When I woke up this morning, my first thought was we tried it twice being fresh, lets try it once with the two free under our belts and see what happens, Schmitz said.What happened was stunning to anyone who hasnt paid attention to the sport since London, but hardly all that shocking to anyone else. Two years ago at the Pan Pacific Championships in Beijing, Franklin suffered crippling back spasms that left her unable to move for nearly 45 minutes. She managed to still compete and win four medals but only one gold. She hasnt been the same since.After helping California win the NCAA championship in early 2015, she returned home to Colorado and the comforts of her mom, dad, Schmitz and her dryland trainer. But she hasnt been able to return to the form she showed in London or the following summer at the world championships in Barcelona. Franklin hasnt won an individual race at a major international meet since that meet. Nor has she swum a personal best since then. At worlds in Russia last summer, she finished seventh, third, second and fifth.Why? Tuesday morning Franklin repeated the word no four times when asked if there were any lingering issues from her back injury. Some have wondered whether she has been burdened by the pressure and demands of turning professional and traveling the country for commercials and promotional appearances. But thats how swimmers make a living. And Schmitz traveled with Franklin for most of those professional appearances, putting her through training sessions at various local pools.Whatever the explanation, there is still some room for optimism. Despite Franklins gold in London, the 100 back is not her best event. Thats the 200 back. Preliminaries for that event start Friday, with the final scheduled for Saturday, the last full day of competition at trials. But Schmitz is hoping that Franklins Olympic chances dont come down to such a pressure-filled, do-or-die scenario. Before the 200 back, Franklin will swim in the 200 free final Wednesday night. She is seeded fourth. The top four finishers in the final are guaranteed a spot on the Olympic team, and there is a strong likelihood the top six finishers will be named to the team.Tomorrow night, the definite goal is we gotta see a 1 through 6 next to her name and punch that ticket, he said. Obviously in an ideal world, wed want it to be a 1 or a 2. The B option would be 1 through 4, and the C option 1 through 6. Whatever the case, tomorrow night the goal is to punch that ticket.If and when that should happen, you can be sure there will be a smile -- the one so many remember from London.Right now I need to make the team in whatever way that looks like, Franklin said. 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