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College Football Playoff rankings: LSU moves up to No. 5, USC to No. 6

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LSU and USC moved closer to the top four in the college football playoff rankings after week 12.

Tennessee slipped from 5th to 10th after being ousted by South Carolina and as a result, LSU moved up to 5th and USC to 6th.

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The top four were Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU, in that order.

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Michigan visits Ohio State on Saturday in a game that is a win and win for the Big Ten championship game and could also be a playoff elimination game. The loser of Saturday’s rivalry could end up outside the top four on the first weekend of December.

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USC had Notre Dame on Saturday and the Irish moved up to 15th in the rankings after beating Boston College. It’s becoming increasingly likely that USC could make it to the top four if they beat Notre Dame to win the Pac-12 title over No. 9 in Oregon, No. 13 in Washington, or No. 14 in Utah.

LSU could also become the first two-loss team to make the playoffs if they beat Texas A&M in the final week of the regular season and beat Georgia in the SEC title game. It’s reasonable to think that LSU will be 11-2 ahead of Michigan State or Ohio 11-1 given how close the Tigers are to the top four.

USC is in 6th place in the most recent college football playoff rankings and could continue to move up with two more wins.  (Photo by Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
USC is in 6th place in the most recent college football playoff rankings and could continue to move up with two more wins. (Photo by Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Clemson’s chances of making the playoffs look worse than those of LSU and USC. The Tigers need losses to the Trojans and the Louisiana Tigers to stand a chance in the top four after finishing at No. 8 on Tuesday night. Following North Carolina’s loss to Georgia Tech in Week 12, the Tar Heels slipped to 17th and won’t be as big an ACC title game win for Clemson as they could have been.

The SEC can also now have four teams in New Year’s Six bowl games. Alabama moved up to 7th and could have made it to the Sugar Bowl or the Orange Bowl. Tennessee could also end up in the Cotton Bowl as he could stay in the top 10 after beating Vanderbilt.

The rankings also gave us an idea of ​​how the AAC title race would unfold. Tulane is in 19th place and hosts No. 24 in Cincinnati on Friday. The winner of this game will host the AAC title game. Meanwhile, the UCF No. 22 will compete in the title game, defeating South Florida. The UCF have beaten both Tulane and Cincinnati this season, but playoff rankings matter because Houston is tied for third in the conference standings and hasn’t played Cincy or UCF.

College Football Playoff Ranking

1. Georgia (11-0)

2. Ohio State (11-0)

3. Michigan (11-0)

4. TCU (11-0)

5. LSU (9-2)

6. USC (10-1)

7. Alabama (9-2)

8. Clemson (10-1)

9. Oregon (9-2)

10. Tennessee (9-2)

11. Penn State (9-2)

12. Kansas State (8-3)

13. Washington (9-2)

14. Utah (8-3)

15. Mother of God (8-3)

16. Florida State (8-3)

17. North Carolina

18. UCLA (8-3)

19. Tulane (9-2)

20. Ole Miss (8-3)

21. Oregon State (8-3)

22. OKF (8-3)

23. Texas (7-4)

24. Cincinnati (9-2)

25. Louisville (7-4)



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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