College Football Playoff rankings: Top 4 holds steady ahead of pivotal Ohio State-Michigan clash

The College Football Playoff area of 4 stays unchanged for a 3rd consecutive week, as Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU test in at Nos. 1-4, respectively, with LSU shifting up one spot to No. 5 and USC shifting up one spot to No. 6. Here’s what it is advisable know:

  • Georgia was one vote shy of being unanimous within the AP ballot, and it’s No. 1 within the CFP ballot for a 3rd straight week. The Bulldogs have been No. 1 in eight of the previous 10 CFP rankings because the final season.
  • The Pac-12 as soon as once more led all conferences with six ranked groups. The SEC was second with 5, and the ACC third with 4, as (*4*) entered the rankings for the primary time at No. 25
  • The Big Ten, Big 12 and American Athletic Conference all had three ranked groups apiece, though all three of the Big Ten’s ranked groups got here within the top-11.

Michigan or Ohio State will lose Saturday. Who stands to learn essentially the most?

LSU was a shock at No. 5 ahead of No. 6 USC, as these roles had been reversed within the AP ballot. The Tigers go to Texas A&M this Saturday earlier than enjoying Georgia within the Dec. 3 SEC title video games. Would a two-loss SEC champion — with wins over present No. 1 Georgia, No. 7 Alabama and No. 20 Ole Miss — have a robust sufficient resume to be chosen over a one-loss Pac-12 champion? It would seem so, primarily based on Tuesday’s rankings.

USC has remaining video games towards No. 15 Notre Dame (Saturday) and a ranked opponent within the Pac-12 title sport (Dec. 2). But the Trojans may have some assist in the shape of an LSU loss these subsequent two weeks.

Of course, if TCU loses one of its subsequent two video games — towards Iowa State and towards both Kansas State or Texas in subsequent week’s Big 12 title sport — this could possibly be a moot dialogue level. – Fortune

Can any group exterior the present top-6 get into the Playoff?

It appears unlikely, however no. 8 Clemson is not utterly out simply but. Michigan or Ohio State will lose at the very least as soon as, as they play one another this weekend. And if TCU, USC and LSU lose one sport apiece, that may imply 4 of the six groups ahead of the Tigers would presumably fall behind them, assuming Clemson beats South Carolina this week and No. 17 North Carolina in subsequent week’s ACC title sport.

The Tar Heels dropped 4 spots this week after shedding Saturday to Georgia Tech, that means the power of that potential win for Clemson loses some luster. That mentioned, if the Tigers win out, they are going to be a 12-1 Power 5 convention champion. Just one 12-1 Power 5 convention champion has been unnoticed of the Playoff: 2018 Ohio State. – Fortune

Who has the within observe for the Group of 5’s New Year’s Six bid?

Tulane re-took the highest spot amongst Group of 5 groups this weekend, shifting up from No. 21 to No. 19 after beating SMU and watching UCF fall to No. 22 after shedding to Navy. The Knights had been No. 20 final week, which led all Group of 5 groups. Cincinnati is ranked for the second straight week, shifting up from No. 25 to No. 24. The Green Wave go to the Bearcats on Friday, with the winner internet hosting the American Athletic Conference title sport the next Saturday, Dec. 3.

The loser of that sport will fall to 6-2 in convention play. If each UCF and Houston win this Saturday, they might even be 6-2 in convention play, making a three-way tie for second place within the AAC. The convention title sport participant would then be the highest-ranked group in the newest CFP rankings that wins within the last week, which might be UCF.

The AAC title sport winner would probably then find yourself because the highest-ranked Group of 5 group, incomes the automated New Year’s Six bowl berth. – Fortune

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