Georgia remained No. 1, whereas Michigan moved up one spot to No. 2 and Washington is No. 3. The Wolverines beat the rival Buckeyes 30-24 on Saturday to clinch a spot within the Large Ten championship recreation and deal a giant blow to Ohio State’s playoff hopes.
“As we take a look at it, it was a extremely good weekend, rivalry weekend, you get just a little little bit of all the pieces,” CFP committee chair Boo Corrigan stated on ESPN’s rankings launch present. “What an important season it has been to date.”
The Buckeyes had been ranked No. 1 within the first CFP rankings Oct. 31. Ohio State additionally misplaced to Michigan final 12 months however made it into the playoff after USC misplaced within the Pac-12 championship recreation. There’s one key distinction from final 12 months: Ohio State dropped to No. 5 after the loss to Michigan. This 12 months, the Buckeyes will want extra assist to complete within the prime 4.
That would come with a Florida State loss to Louisville within the ACC championship recreation Saturday night time in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Seminoles performed their first recreation with out beginning quarterback Jordan Travis on Saturday towards rival Florida, and whereas new starter Tate Rodemaker seemed shaky at instances, Florida State discovered a strategy to win 24-15.
“Completely different staff with out Jordan Travis,” Corrigan stated of the Seminoles. “It is a couple of participant, however clearly, they’re a unique staff with out Jordan Travis.”
The large query headed into Tuesday night time’s rankings was how the committee would view the Seminoles with Rodemaker behind heart. After dropping to No. 5 final week — based mostly on what the committee stated was Washington’s stronger energy of schedule — Florida State was capable of get again into the highest 4 with the Ohio State loss and keep forward of the 4 one-loss groups stacked behind. That’s seemingly excellent news for its playoff hopes ought to it stay undefeated.
Each convention championship recreation this weekend is certain to have playoff implications — beginning with the SEC championship between Georgia and No. 8 Alabama in Atlanta on Saturday.
The Pac-12 championship recreation between Washington and No. 5 Oregon on Friday night time is more likely to produce one playoff staff as nicely. The Huskies beat the Geese earlier this 12 months at dwelling 36-33 in a recreation that went right down to the ultimate play. Oregon has had way more decisive wins than Washington down the stretch. If the Geese win, because the highest-ranked one-loss staff, they might all however assuredly be in.
“Oregon has continued to dominate,” Corrigan stated. “With the season that [Ducks quarterback] Bo Nix is having, they’ve continued to impress with each the offense and the protection.”
Michigan performs No. 16 Iowa within the Large Ten championship recreation on Saturday. A win and the Wolverines would have their third straight CFP look.
Tulane stays the top-ranked Group of 5 faculty at No. 22. The Inexperienced Wave play SMU within the AAC championship recreation Saturday. A win would all however guarantee a spot in a New 12 months’s Six recreation for the second straight season.
The ultimate CFP rankings can be introduced Sunday (midday ET, ESPN).