MI moves into top four of College Football Playoff rankings

Lynette Rowe
November 9, 2018

The Sooners are No. 6, trailing No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 4 MI and No. 5 Georgia. Georgia, which lost at LSU, is now at No. 5 while Oklahoma is at No. 6.

The playoff picture cleared up after a weekend where several contenders asserted themselves. Yes, those losses are to No. 1 Alabama and No. 15 Florida, but LSU's flaws were made bare for the world to see on Saturday night against Alabama. If it was down to a one-loss Ohio State and a one-loss West Virginia, Oklahoma, or Washington State, I think the committee gives the spot to the Buckeyes due to their corruptness.

With Alabama defeating LSU - No. 3 in the initial rankings - in Baton Rouge by a 29-0 score last weekend, no change was expected at the top.

No. 7-ranked West Virginia's remaining games are at home this weekend against a reeling TCU team and at Oklahoma State the following weekend before hosting Oklahoma on November 23 in a prime-time TV game. It will likely finish the season as a top 10 team in the country, but it can't compete with the elite.

College GameDay will be in town for the matchup, which will kick off at 8 p.m. on ABC. You could argue that as far as wins are concerned, there might not be a team with a better set of wins in the country. In fact, we put the Irish in our poll at No. 7 behind Georgia, Oklahoma and West Virginia.

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The only intrigue was which teams would fill out the other spots.

Finally, according to the Sagarin ratings, West Virginia has played the 45th most-difficult schedule in the country.

If the Bulldogs get past Auburn, and they are 14-point favorites to win, they still have No. 1 Alabama in the SEC Conference Championship Game on December 1.

With a huge win over Texas this weekend, the West Virginia Mountaineers saw a steep climb in the rankings.

Obviously, the defense of Ohio State is a concern after the team struggled to contain two-win Nebraska despite a bye week to prepare for Scott Frost's offense. The problem is, they'll have to do it two times over to claim their 12th Big 12 title and fourth consecutive conference crown.

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