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College Football Playoff Rankings: Top five hold, LSU and USC inch up, Washington makes huge jump in top 25

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With all five of the top five teams in last week’s college football playoff rankings holding their pitch after last week’s win, the third edition of the CFP top 25 teams, released Tuesday night, went largely uneventful. Defending national champion Georgia held on to first place, with undefeated teams Ohio State, Michigan and TCU rounding out a four-team field if playoffs are decided today.

Tennessee, with its only flaw having arrived in Georgia two weeks ago, remains the first team to finish in fifth place. The Volunteers will have a chance to make the playoffs given the strength of their wins up to this point, as well as the best defeat in history. country. Reminder: All but one team placed first in the season’s opening CFP rankings, eventually making the playoffs (2014 Mississippi State).

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However, the Vols’ CFP debut is hardly guaranteed as they will not have the opportunity to earn additional credit in the eyes of the CFP Selection Committee by winning the conference championship game. That opportunity still exists for No. 6 LSU, who are aiming to become the first two-loss team to receive a CFP bid in the tournament’s history. No. 7 USC is aiming to be the first Pac-12 team to make the playoffs since the 2016-17 season, and No. 9 Clemson is looking to make it through the rest of the season unscathed; this will require him to get from a fellow losing ACC #13 from North Carolina, who by himself has a strong chance of making the CFP.

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Perhaps most notable was the reordering of the rankings of the top G5 programs vying for the New Year’s Six. With a 38-31 away win over the weekend, UCF (now No. 20) passed Tulane (now No. 21) to take pole position with the opportunity.

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Washington moved the most in the rankings, jumping eight places to 17th after beating Oregon, which dropped six places to 12th.

Let’s take a look at all the top 25 in the CFP rankings. Bowling expert Jerry Palm’s analysis below.

College Football Playoff Ranking November 15

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

Analysis by bowl expert Jerry Palm

The only change in the top ten this week was the dropping of the former state of Oregon, which allowed LSU, USC, Alabama and Clemson to move up one spot. Utah is also climbing into the top 10 before taking on the Ducks for the Pac-12 Championship Game.

There are only five teams left, who are shaping their fate in pursuit of a place in the list of four teams, but they are not included in the top five teams in the ranking. All four of the best are in control of their own destiny, but Tennessee is not. This is because if LSU beats Georgia, the Tigers will move to the top four and the Volts will be out of luck.

It’s also possible that Tennessee could pass another conference champion 12-1, most likely USC, if the Trojans can pull it off. Their remaining schedule will feature three ranked teams: at UCLA, against Notre Dame, and a Pac-12 title game. The ACC winner Clemson-North Carolina will also be in the game, but less likely to make the top four.

Cincinnati appears in the rankings for the first time this season, finishing 25th. The Bearcats are the third ranked AAC team. At this point, it’s highly likely that the G5 representative for the Cotton Bowl will be from Cincy, UCF and Tulane. The Bearcats are hosting a Green Wave to end the regular season and the winner will likely travel to Orlando to take on the Knights for the AAC Championship.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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