FOX Sports activities College Football Analyst
There’s a new group sitting atop the College Football Playoff rankings, and it is a very acquainted face: The defending champion Georgia Bulldogs.
The Dawgs had been introduced as the brand new No. 1 group when the CFP Committee unveiled its newest rankings on Tuesday. Rounding out the highest 4 had been No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 TCU. Tennessee, which was No. 1 final week earlier than being dismantled by Georgia on Saturday, dropped to No. 5.
It went just about as anticipated. Maybe probably the most shocking factor about Tuesday night time’s reveal was that the choice committee dropped a rating most of us agree with. You may say it was even wise.
Now that we’re all in settlement, it appears pretty simple simply who’s in rivalry for one of many 4 coveted spots within the CFP, and who isn’t.
CFP Rankings reactions: What to search for forward
RJ Younger shares his ideas on the highest six groups within the CFP rankings and appears on the future matchups that may shift this leaderboard.
Listed here are my takeaways:
TCU controls its personal future
When you’re the Horned Frogs, you have to be delighted by the CFP choice committee recognizing your undefeated résumé and handful of ranked wins heading into Week 11.
With simply three video games left within the common season, the Horned Frogs management their very own future. All they should do is win.
That’s the greatest you possibly can hope for within the age of the CFP. With the Horned Frogs taking part in at No. 18 Texas on Saturday, they’ll have an opportunity to match Tennessee’s tally with 5 ranked wins, additional strengthening their résumé and maybe even discovering themselves out of the dunker spot — No. 4 to get dunked on by No. 1 — simply in time for Choice Sunday ought to Ohio State and/or Michigan journey and fall.
Whereas it doesn’t appear seemingly that the Buckeyes and Wolverines will lose earlier than their date on Nov. 26 in Columbus, Ohio, what’s for sure is one among them will lose on that day. And the winner will seemingly stroll into the Large Ten title sport because the presumptive favourite.
The Wolverines nonetheless have an attention-grabbing matchup with No. 21 Illinois on their schedule — maybe an appetizer for a rematch within the league title sport — however it appears sure that if the Buckeyes or Wolverines win their convention’s title, they are going to be assured a spot within the CFP.
Ohio State and Michigan are on a collision course
RJ Younger seems on the CFP rankings and compares No. 2 Ohio State to No. 3 Michigan.
Tennessee is much from out
Tennessee bumped into the buzzsaw that’s the Georgia protection final Saturday, however their efficiency did little to persuade the committee — or me — that the Volunteers are unhealthy. If something, that sport confirmed the hole between the defending nationwide champs and the opposite 131 FBS groups within the sport.
That is additionally a group that has wins in opposition to two of the three greatest groups within the SEC West — LSU and Alabama.
If the Vols can run by way of what stays of their schedule with no loss, it’s conceivable to consider they might earn the prospect to avenge their loss to UGA within the CFP, even with out an look of their convention’s title sport.
Oregon wants USC to be a one-loss group within the Pac-12 title sport
A 46-point loss is tough to beat, however the Geese simply may. They want three of the 4 groups in entrance of them to make a large number — maybe TCU or one of many Large Ten faculties — and UCLA/USC to stroll into the Pac-12 title sport with only one loss. That might make the Geese’ résumé palatable for the CFP committee, assuming they win out.
Nevertheless, there’s nonetheless No. 25 Washington, No. 13 Utah and a stout Oregon State group left for them to dispatch if their probabilities to make the CFP are to carry. Like Tennessee, the Geese would love one other likelihood to avenge their loss to the Bulldogs.
LSU wants carnage and a win in opposition to UGA
There has by no means been a two-loss group chosen to the CFP. However as the highest group within the SEC West, the LSU Tigers nonetheless might be the primary to perform that feat.
Nevertheless, which means beating Georgia within the SEC Championship Sport, which might be such a monumental achievement that the committee won’t have a selection however to respect LSU’s win in opposition to Alabama, overlook the loss to Tennessee, and embrace the Tigers within the CFP.
The ACC could be toast
With No. 10 Clemson and No. 15 North Carolina — the 2 highest-ranked groups within the ACC — each having misplaced to Notre Dame, the ACC’s CFP hopes could be misplaced.
It’s not simply that ND beat the 2 groups almost definitely to play within the ACC title sport. It’s that ND has losses to 3-6 Stanford and put cash within the bag in opposition to Marshall.
Even with North Carolina State and Florida State incomes a top-25 rating this week, it’s troublesome to consider the ACC is likely one of the 4 greatest conferences within the sport and is prone to see its convention champion not noted of the CFP.
Listed here are the rankings:
1. Georgia (9-0)
2. Ohio State (9-0)
3. Michigan (9-0)
4. TCU (9-0)
5. Tennessee (8-1)
6. Oregon (8-1)
7. LSU (7-2)
8. USC (8-1)
9. Alabama (7-2)
10. Clemson (8-1)
11. Ole Miss (8-1)
12. UCLA (8-1)
13. Utah (7-2)
14. Penn State (7-2)
15. North Carolina (8-1)
16. NC State (7-2)
17. Tulane (8-1)
18. Texas (6-3)
19. Kansas State (6-3)
20. Notre Dame (6-3)
21. Illinois (7-2)
22. UCF (7-2)
23. Florida State (6-3)
24. Kentucky (6-3)
25. Washington (7-2)
RJ Younger is a nationwide faculty soccer author and analyst for FOX Sports activities and the host of the podcast “The Number One College Football Show.” Comply with him on Twitter at @RJ_Young and subscribe to “The RJ Young Show” on YouTube.
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