Looked at the point totals for today's Coaches Poll. Looks like we're solidly behind LSU, but only slightly ahead of Georgia. The key is gaining and maintaining separation from LSU/Georgia in the SEC and Oklahoma/Texas in the Big 12.
Then wondered who might have given MSU a point (for 25th). Then checked the voting coaches roster. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2018/08/02/amway-coaches-poll-65-college-football-coaches-panel/881592002/
I was mistaken in thinking every coach votes. Simple addition could have given me a clue. Of the Top Ten, Michigan, ND, Oklahoma and UCF are not represented. Not sure what this might mean for the first CFP rankings, but the CFP board could have a slightly or more than slightly different view of the top ten than either coaches or media. Could move us up or down, but I doubt Harbaugh gets the benefit of the doubt from some of these coaches, especially the Liar and the Scowler. Same from SEC coaches.
Obviously, things will move based on performance, but the very fact that not all coaches vote and we've heard how staffers often fill out ballots makes me think this poll may not translate into similar rankings after the first four.