UW (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten) moved up one spot to No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings revealed Tuesday.
Even though Miami just lost the day after Thanksgiving on the road against a mediocre at best Pittsburgh team, it is expected the Hurricanes could make up for it with a win against the team that may be ranked on top of the College Football Playoff selection committee’s rankings. Georgia’s only loss is to Auburn and now the Bulldogs get another shot at Auburn this Saturday in the SEC Championship game. 1 Georgia a few weeks ago.
ACC: No. 1 Clemson vs. Oklahoma and Wisconsin round out the top four.
The second seed will be the only unbeaten team; Wisconsin will dismantle Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship and prove to be worthy of a top four rank. But, they will have also played one less game than either school.
Ohio State would finish as 11-2 Big Ten champions. The Crimson Tide (11-1) fell to No. 5.
If all goes to form, with the favorites winning the conference title games, Alabama is out. In the playoff era, that’s a distinction that only Alabama – which the Tigers beat in last year’s title game – can match.
Both Clemson or Miami would make the final four as a one-loss ACC champ.
This week will mark the penultimate Playoff rankings, with the final rankings. along with the major bowl pairings, scheduled to be announced on Sunday, Dec. 3. The jump may be too high for the Horned Frogs to reach the playoff.
Now, with everyone in the power five conferences, excluding Wisconsin, having a loss, who will make the playoff?
Again, there’s one team in the top seven that doesn’t play: No. 5 Alabama.
Penn State is out of chances to build its New Year’s Six bowl résumé. The only thing standing in the undefeated Knights’ way is No. 20 Memphis. The victor will get the Group of Five’s guaranteed spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game, but those teams are not even an afterthought in the playoff conversation. Notre Dame also has a tie-in, but the team’s loss at Stanford sent it plummeting from No. 8 to No. 15.
Fresno State (9-3) cracks the poll at No. 25.
Take your pick. Both are win-and-in.
So how would these rankings shake out if they were to hold?
The national semifinals are set for January 1, at 4 p.m.at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and at 7:45 p.m.at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
If No. 6 Georgia beats Auburn in the SEC Championship game, the same argument can be made. 1 Alabama and then-No.
Clemson would go to New Orleans because, as the No. 1 team, it would get the most favorable geographic position.
Penn State is ninth and Southern California is the highest ranked Pac-12 team at No. 10. They’ve bounced back nicely since then with victories against Kentucky and Georgia Tech.