Projecting the College Football Playoff matchups, October 28 _lowres

Florida State players celebrate with the fans after their victory over Notre Dame in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State beat Notre Dame 31-27. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

The College Football Playoff’s selection committee unveils its first rankings Tuesday, updated each week until bids are handed out Dec. 7. Here’s how The Advocate’s Ted Lewis and Scott Rabalais see it shaking out so far:

Ted Lewis

National semifinals

Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Mississippi State vs. No. 4 Notre Dame

Road trips to Alabama and Ole Miss plus the SEC title game make the Bulldogs’ path treacherous, but so far they deserve this spot. Likewise for the Fighting Irish, who play three of their remaining five games away from South Bend.

Rose Bowl: No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 3 Oregon

Presumably Jameis Winston stayed out of trouble during the Seminoles’ open date. Thursday’s game at Louisville is FSU’s toughest remaining test. With Marcus Mariota making a Heisman Trophy push, the Ducks are the team you don’t want to play.

Other CFP bowls

Cotton: LSU vs. Baylor

Orange: Michigan State vs. Duke

Peach: East Carolina vs. Georgia

Fiesta: Arizona vs. TCU

Scott Rabalais

National semifinals

Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 4 Oregon

The Seminoles’ off-the-field issues continue to pile up, but so do the wins. If they don’t stumble Thursday at Louisville, there should be nothing to stop them from the CFP semifinals. Oregon is lurking, but so is a Nov. 8 trip to Utah.

Rose Bowl: No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Notre Dame

Stay neutral on this game, I dare you. The Crimson Tide has a rough road (LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn and maybe Georgia), but someone has to win the SEC. The Irish are the most impressive one-loss team after the close shave at FSU.

Other CFP bowls

Cotton: Baylor vs. Georgia

Orange: Clemson vs. Auburn

Peach: Mississippi State vs. TCU

Fiesta: Michigan State vs. Marshall