There have been no adjustments to the top 5 within the College Football Playoff choice committee’s third rating on Tuesday night time, with No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Ohio State, no. 3 Michigan and no. 4 TCU holding regular as the nation’s solely remaining undefeated groups, adopted by No. 5 Tennessee.
After a 66-24 thumping of unranked Missouri, the Vols remained the committee’s highest-ranked one-loss crew, retaining them in competition for the playoff with out profitable their division. Georgia clinched the SEC East and can face No. 6 LSU, the highest-ranked two-loss crew, within the SEC championship recreation. If LSU wins its convention, it may make historical past as the primary two-loss crew to achieve the CFP.
“The committee believes there’s been separation with Georgia,” stated choice committee chairman Boo Corrigan, who can be the North Carolina State athletic director.
Tennessee may turn into the fifth crew to make the CFP with out profitable a convention title and the third to not win its division, together with 2016 Ohio State and 2017 Alabama. The SEC has had a number of groups make the CFP twice — together with final season when Georgia beat Alabama to win the nationwide title.
Without a convention championship, the Vols will face better scrutiny by the choice committee and shall be banking on spectacular wins in opposition to Alabama and LSU to win a debate in opposition to a Power 5 convention champion.
USC (9-1) is now the Pac-12’s highest-ranked crew at No. 7 after Oregon misplaced Saturday to (*5*), dropping the two-loss Ducks to No. 12. The Pac-12 has six groups ranked within the CFP top 25 with the addition of No. 23 Oregon State, together with two within the top 10 (USC and No. 10 Utah).
USC can clinch a spot within the convention title recreation Saturday with a win at UCLA, and Oregon will face Utah in one other recreation that can assist decide Pac-12 championship individuals.
TCU clinched a berth within the Big 12 championship recreation with its 17-10 win at Texas, however the four-loss Longhorns tumbled from No. 18 out of the CFP top 25 this week. It helped the Horned Frogs that No. 22 Oklahoma State popped again into the rankings this week, giving TCU a second win in opposition to a ranked opponent, together with No. 15 Kansas State.
There are three extra rankings, together with the discharge of the ultimate top 25 on Dec. 4 Selection Day. No crew has been ranked exterior the committee’s top 10 at this level within the season and nonetheless made the CFP. The lowest was Michigan State in 2015 and Oklahoma in 2019, when each have been ranked ninth.
Two-loss Alabama isn’t any. 8 this week, forward of one-loss No. 9 Clemson, which can play No. 13 North Carolina within the ACC championship.
Following its 38-31 win at Tulane, No. 20 UCF is the Group of 5 chief to earn a bid to a New Year’s Six bowl as the highest-ranked convention champion, adopted by No. 21 Tulane.