After overcoming powerful video games in opposition to unranked opponents, the top 4 groups within the College Football Playoff rankings remained the identical Tuesday evening, whereas LSU stayed one spot forward of USC at No. 5.
Georgia led off the CFP choice committee’s rankings for the third straight week, adopted by Ohio State at No. 2, Michigan at No. 3 and TCU at No. 4. The Buckeyes and Wolverines, who play this coming Saturday in Columbus, each trailed within the second half final week earlier than preserving their undefeated data intact. Michigan and TCU each wanted go-ahead subject objectives within the last minute to carry off Illinois and Baylor, respectively.
USC’s dramatic highway win over crosstown rival UCLA wasn’t sufficient to leapfrog two-loss LSU, which beat UAB 41-10 at Tiger Stadium. Lincoln Riley’s workforce appeared at No. 5 in each the AP and coaches’ polls Sunday, USC’s first AP top-five rating since September 2017. The Trojans’ solely loss got here by one level on the highway in opposition to Utah, which fell to No. 14 after its loss at Oregon.
“That was a dominant dialog for the final couple of days, to ensure we had been taking a look at it the correct means,” CFP committee chair Boo Corrigan, the athletic director at NC State, stated on ESPN’s rankings launch present with reference to the selection at No. 5. “There’s causes for USC to be at No. 5, there’s causes for LSU to be at No. 5.”
Tennessee, which occupied the No. 5 spot final week, fell to No. 10 after its 63-38 highway loss to South Carolina.
LSU finishes the common season at Texas A&M earlier than going through Georgia within the SEC championship sport. USC this week hosts Notre Dame, which moved up three spots to No. 15 within the choice committee’s rankings. The Trojans’ Pac-12 championship opponent might be decided this coming weekend, though Oregon, which moved up three spots to No. 9 after the Utah win, can clinch a spot in Las Vegas by beating No. 21 Oregon State on the highway.
An Oregon loss this week would open the door for No. 13 Washington and Utah to achieve the Pac-12 championship.
Alabama and Clemson each moved up a spot within the rankings to No. 7 and No. 8. Clemson won’t host a ranked South Carolina workforce Saturday however has gained over Florida State, which moved up three spots to No. 16, and Louisville, which entered the rankings at No. 25. Clemson is about for an ACC championship matchup with North Carolina, which fell solely 4 spots to No. 17 after shedding to a 4-6 Georgia Tech workforce at dwelling this previous Saturday.
“You’re on the lookout for soccer judgment, and that sport in opposition to Notre Dame … that continues to be half of the dialogue,” Corrigan stated of the Tigers’ 35-14 loss to the Irish. “Overall, we noticed Alabama at seven, and Clemson at eight.”
TCU, which hosts Iowa State on Saturday, will face both No. 12 Kansas State or no. 23 Texas in subsequent week’s Big 12 championship sport. Kansas State, which moved up three spots in Tuesday’s rankings, can clinch a spot by beating Kansas. If Kansas State falls, Texas would go if it beats Baylor.
“We undergo the identical factor each week,” Corrigan stated. “TCU has carried out a very good job to find methods to win video games.”
Tulane is as soon as once more the highest-ranked Group of 5 workforce at No. 19, following his dwelling win over SMU and UCF’s dwelling loss to Navy. The Green Wave on Friday go to no. 24 Cincinnati, and the winner will host the American Athletic Conference title sport subsequent week. The Tulane-Cincinnati winner might face a rematch within the championship, however No. 22 UCF and Houston additionally might attain the sport.