College Football Playoff Rankings: Top 4 Holds Steady Ahead of Ohio State-Michigan Showdown
The College Football Playoff field of four remains unchanged for the third straight week as Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU arrival at No. 1-4, respectively, p LDU moving up one position to #5 and USC moving up one spot to No. 6. Here’s what you need to know:
- Georgia fell short of a unanimous vote in the AP poll and is ranked No. 1 in the CFP poll for the third straight week. Since last season, the Bulldogs have been No. 1 in eight of the last 10 CFP rankings.
- The Pac-12 again led all conferences with six ranked teams. The SEC was second with five and the ACC was third with four Louisville entered the ranking for the first time at number 25.
- The Big Ten, Big 12 and American Athletic Conference each had three ranked teams, although all three Big Ten ranked teams were in the top 11.
Either Michigan or Ohio State loses on Saturday. Who will benefit the most?
LSU was a surprise No. 5 seed, ahead of No. 6 USC, as the roles were reversed in the AP poll. The Tigers travel to Texas A&M this Saturday before playing Georgia in the SEC title game on Dec. 3. Would be a two-loss SEC champion with wins over current No. 1 Georgia, No. 7 Alabama and #20 Be Miss — do you have a strong enough resume to be selected over the one-loss Pac-12 champion? That seems to be the case, based on Tuesday’s rankings.
USC has games remaining against #15 Mother of God (Saturday) and a ranked opponent in the Pac-12 title game (Dec. 2). But the Trojans may need help in the form of a loss to LSU in the next two weeks.
Can any team outside of the current top 6 make the playoffs?
Seems unlikely, but #8 Clemson not completely yet. Either Michigan or Ohio State will lose at least once as they play each other this weekend. And if TCU, USC and LSU all lose one game, that would mean four of the six teams ahead of the Tigers would surely fall behind them, assuming Clemson wins South Carolina this week and #17 North Carolina in next week’s ACC title game.
The Tar Heels dropped four spots this week after Saturday’s loss vs Tech, which means the power of this potential win for Clemson will take a bit of a shine. However, if the Tigers win, they will become the Power 5 conference champions at 12-1. Only one 12-1 Power 5 conference champion has been eliminated from the playoff: 2018 Ohio State. – Fortune
Anyone got the inside track on a Group 5 New Year’s Six bid?
Tulane topped Group 5 again this weekend, rising from No. 21 to No. 19 with the win SMU and observing UCF drop to 22nd after defeat by navy. The Knights were ranked 20th last week, leading all Group of 5 teams. Cincinnati ranked for the second week in a row, moving from No. 25 to No. 24. The Green Wave will visit the Bearcats on Friday, with the winner hosting the American Athletic Conference title game next Saturday, Dec. 3.
The loser of this game will drop to 6-2 in conference play. If both UCF and Houston win this Saturday, they will also be 6-2 in conference play, creating a three-way tie for second place in the AAC. The highest-ranked team in the final CFP rankings that wins the final week, which will be UCF, will be in the conference title game.
The winner of the AAC title game will likely end up as the top-ranked team in the Group of 5, earning an automatic berth in the New Year’s Six bowl. – Fortune
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