College Football Playoff Rankings: Top five maintain, LSU and USC inch up, Washington makes huge jump in top 25

With the top five groups in final week’s College Football Playoff Rankings all holding serve after rising victorious final week, the third version of the CFP top 25 launched Tuesday night time was largely uneventful. Reigning nationwide champion Georgia held onto the No. 1 spot with fellow undefeated Ohio State, Michigan and TCU rounding out what could be the four-team area ought to the playoff be determined at present.

Tennessee, with its lone blemish coming to Georgia two weeks in the past, stays the primary staff out at No. 5. The Volunteers may have an opportunity to make the playoff given the power of their victories so far together with having the very best loss in the nation. Reminder: All however one staff ranked No. 1 in a season’s preliminary CFP Rankings finally reached the playoff (Mississippi State, 2014).

A debut in the CFP for the Vols is hardly a positive factor, nevertheless, as they won’t have a chance to earn additional credit score in the eyes of the CFP Selection Committee by successful a convention championship recreation. That risk nonetheless exists for No. 6 LSU, which is in search of to turn out to be the primary two-loss staff to earn a CFP bid in the occasion’s historical past. no 7 USC goals to turn out to be the primary Pac-12 staff to make the playoff since 2016-17, whereas No. 9 Clemson seems to be to get by way of the remainder of the season unscathed; that can require it getting by fellow one-loss ACC brethren No. 13 North (*25*), which itself has a puncher’s likelihood at making the CFP.

Perhaps most notable was a change in rating order for the top Group of Five applications aiming for a New Year’s Six berth. With a 38-31 head-to-head street victory over the weekend, UCF (now No. 20) jumped Tulane (now No. 21) to take pole place for that chance.

The largest riser in the rankings was Washington, which jumped eight spots to No. 17 after taking down Oregon, which fell six spots right down to No. 12.

Let’s check out the complete CFP Rankings top 25. Analysis by bowls skilled Jerry Palm beneath.

College Football Playoff Rankings, Nov. 15

  1. Georgia (10-0)
  2. Ohio State (10-0)
  3. Michigan (10-0)
  4. TCU (10-0)
  5. Tennessee (9-1)
  6. LSU (8-2)
  7. USC (9-1)
  8. Alabama (8-2)
  9. Clemson (9-1)
  10. Utah (8-2)
  11. Penn State (8-2)
  12. Oregon (8-2)
  13. North (*25*) (9-1)
  14. Ole Miss (8-2)
  15. Kansas State (7-3)
  16. UCLA (8-2)
  17. Washington (8-2)
  18. Notre Dame (7-3)
  19. Florida State (7-3)
  20. UCF (8-2)
  21. Tulane (8-2)
  22. Oklahoma State (7-3)
  23. Oregon State (7-3)
  24. NC State (7-3)
  25. Cincinnati (8-2)

Analysis by bowls skilled Jerry Palm

The solely change in the top 10 this week was former Oregon dropping out, permitting LSU, USC, Alabama and Clemson to maneuver up a spot. Utah additionally strikes as much as the top 10 forward of a showdown with the Ducks for a leg up in the Pac-12 Championship Game race.

Only five groups stay that management their very own destiny in the chase for a spot in the four-team area, however they don’t seem to be the top five groups in the rankings. The top 4 all management their very own destiny, however Tennessee doesn’t. That is as a result of if LSU beats Georgia, the Tigers would transfer into the top 4 and the Vols could be out of luck.

It can also be attainable that Tennessee could possibly be handed by a 12-1 champion from one other convention, most certainly USC if the Trojans can pull that off. Their remaining schedule would come with three ranked groups: at UCLA, vs. Notre Dame and the Pac-12 title recreation. The Clemson-North (*25*) winner in the ACC could be in play as properly, nevertheless it’s much less prone to get to the top 4.

Cincinnati makes its first look of the season in the rankings, checking in at No. 25. The Bearcats are the third AAC staff in the rankings. It is extraordinarily possible at this level that the Group of Five consultant in the Cotton Bowl will come from amongst Cincy, UCF and Tulane. The Bearcats host the Green Wave to finish the common season with the winner possible touring to Orlando to face the Knights for the AAC championship.

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