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College Football Playoff Rankings: Michigan, TCU move up as USC enters four-team field in new top 25

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The college football playoff penultimate rankings were about to see a shake-up with Rivalry Week leading up to the release of the last top 25. And that’s exactly what happened on Tuesday night, with Michigan and TCU moving up one spot and USC entering a four-team field with Georgia holding onto first place.

The reshuffling came amid Michigan’s thorough beating of the then number. 2 Ohio State in the 2022 issue of The Game. The loss knocked the Buckeyes out of the top four, although they are in 5th place with the best playoff chance of any team not yet in the predicted field.

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USC has long been expected to be in the top four this week if it passes the final test, and it did just that (brilliantly) with a clean win at home against then-number. 15 Notre Dame. It was the Trojans’ second straight win over a ranked rival, who now win the Pac-12 Championship Game over the No. 11 seed in Utah without becoming the first team in that conference to compete in the CFP in the past six seasons (2016). -17). Utah are the only team to have beaten USC this year, giving the Trojans a chance to get past that negative data figure head-to-head in the final week of the season.

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The most notable player in the rankings this week was LSU, who lost their third game of the season to Texas A&M with just four wins. The Bayou Bengals lost nine spots in their race to the playoffs and finished in 14th place. Clemson only dropped one position after the loss to South Carolina as it was only the Tigers’ second loss of the season, but they also knocked themselves off their feet. from a random playoff bid. Meanwhile, Gamecocks posted their biggest gain of the week, climbing from unranked position to 19th by beating the top 10 teams in consecutive weeks for the first time in the program’s history.

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Let’s take a look at all of the top 25 in the CFP rankings, followed by further analysis from bowling expert Jerry Palm.

College Football Playoff Ranking November 29

  1. Georgia (12-0)
  2. Michigan (12-0)
  3. TKU (12-0)
  4. USC (11-1)
  5. Ohio State (11-1)
  6. Alabama (10-2)
  7. Tennessee (10-2)
  8. Penn State (10-2)
  9. Clemson (10-2)
  10. Kansas State (9-3)
  11. Utah (9-3)
  12. Washington (10-2)
  13. Florida State (9-3)
  14. LSU (9-3)
  15. Oregon State (9-3)
  16. Oregon (9-3)
  17. UCLA (9-3)
  18. Tulane (10-2)
  19. South Carolina (8-4)
  20. Texas (8-4)
  21. Our Lady (8-4)
  22. UKF (9-3)
  23. North Carolina (9-3)
  24. Mississippi State (8-4)
  25. North Carolina (8-4)

Analysis by bowl expert Jerry Palm

Overall, there were no surprises at the top of the CFP rankings. The only question that needed to be answered was which team would be No. 5. This is important because if USC fails against Utah for the second time with the Pac-12 title on the line, the Trojans will most likely fall out of the CFP . Ohio took their place.

Losses to LSU, Clemson and Oregon have sucked much of the drama out of the CFP race as the top three undefeated teams – Georgia, Michigan, TCU – will be in the playoffs, win or lose. This is an indication of how strong their performances have been this season from start to finish.

While some have doubts about TCU, just look at which team is in 10th place. This is the Horned Frogs’ rival in the Big 12 championship game in Kansas State. This shows the level of respect the CFP Selection Committee has for the Wildcats. Also, among these three undefeated teams, TCU will play the highest ranked team in the league title match.

Ratings are important not only for the selection of CFP participants, but also often play a role in the selection of teams for the New Year’s Six games. Rankings can be used to select replacement bowls that lose to the conference champion due to CFP, and they also determine the places at large.

For example, Georgia’s opponent in the SEC Championship game, LSU, was criticized by the committee for losing to a dying Texas A&M. The Tigers have dropped to 14th and are out of reach for the New Year’s Six game. LSU’s only chance now is to make it to the Sugar Bowl. The SEC could have included four teams in the New Year’s Six if the Tigers had defeated the Aggie.

Penn State is a likely beneficiary from LSU’s elimination. The Nittany Lions are now in eighth place and are in a good position to play in the Cotton Bowl.


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