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Look: Urban Meyer Has Surprising Pick for No. 1 Team in College Football

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer

Even though he hasn't coached a college football game in four years, Urban Meyer hasn't been shy about continuing to support Ohio State, where he spent seven seasons on the sidelines.

As a result, Meyer's pick for the new No. 1 team in college football might come as a bit of a shock.

With the latest College Football Playoff rankings set to be released on Tuesday night, Meyer and the rest of the Fox College Football crew revealed their picks for the top four teams.

Meyer put Michigan, Ohio State's bitter rival, at the top of his list.

Meyer tabbed Georgia as No. 2, TCU No.3 and USC No. 4.

His updated rankings, of course, come a few days after Michigan dominated Ohio State 45-23. The defeat will almost certainly knock the Buckeyes, previously ranked No. 2, out of the top four.

Meyer watched the Wolverines' rout of Ohio State in person, as he was in Ohio Stadium for Fox's coverage and because his undefeated 2012 Ohio State team was honored during the game.

Meyer isn't the only Fox analyst to vault Michigan to the top of their rankings, as former USC stars Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart followed suit.

While Michigan's win Saturday was impressive, it's difficult to envision the playoff committee removing Georgia from the No. 1 spot. 

The defending national champs haven't lost this season and have only had one game decided by single digits. They should have three wins over teams ranked in the top 25 come Tuesday, assuming South Carolina earns a ranking after its win over Clemson, compared to two for Michigan. And committee chairman Boo Corrigan has seemed intent on bringing up Michigan's soft non-conference schedule every time new rankings are released.

Both the Bulldogs and the Wolverines will have one more chance to make their case for the No. 1 ranking when they play their respective conference championship games on Saturday. Michigan will face Purdue while Georgia gets LSU.

Ultimately, whether Georgia or Michigan earns the top seed doesn't matter too much, as either way the two teams would not meet until the national championship game. 

But the fact that Michigan earned that respect from Meyer shows just how much its win Saturday resonated, and that the Wolverines are considered a legitimate threat to win it all.