Top 10 teams unchanged in College Football Playoff rankings

Lynette Rowe
November 15, 2018

Although there was no change in the top-10 of the rankings, there was significant upheaval from No. 11-No. 25.

Could the committee squeeze in the Tide after a loss to Georgia, which would obviously get in, if Clemson, Notre Dame and MI (and maybe even Oklahoma) all won out?

There are two Big 12 teams in our top 10, and they're No. 9 Texas and No. 10 West Virginia. Since the SEC champion, in this case No. 1 Alabama, is in a semifinal, the Sugar Bowl would get the next-highest ranked SEC team, No. 5 Georgia.

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Everyone can have their opinion on MI vs Alabama, it's only fair, but to believe that this team would get "boat raced" when they have the best defense to match up with Alabama, but think an 80th ranked defense would make head coach Nick Saban go "oh boy" and struggle is laughable. On Thursday, three games are slated, as Toledo travels to Kent State, North Texas hosts FAU, and Houston battles Tulane in a key game for the AAC West. Boise State at New Mexico and Memphis at SMU headline the action on Friday night. Undefeated UCF climbed up one spot to No. 11, as did Syracuse to No. 13.

Hopes of a spot in the College Football Playoff are distant, but this will be UCF's best chance at a quality victory, something lacking on its résumé. Utah is not guaranteed to reach the Pac-12 title game. Penn State climbed six spots, up to No. 14, after a 22-10 win over Wisconsin. LSU 8. Washington State 9. MI travels to Ohio State to end its regular season and a win over the Buckeyes isn't guaranteed - despite the team's struggles this season. That's shortsighted and doesn't take into account that Big 12 contenders Oklahoma and West Virginia and Washington State could easily pick up a second loss before they even reach their conference title games.

The Saturday schedule begins with Ohio State at Maryland, Arkansas-Mississippi State, Colorado-Utah, Northwestern-Minnesota and Michigan State at Nebraska in the first window.

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