CFP Top 25
Washington gets boost to No. 4 Huskies benefit from Texas A&M’s loss; Ohio State 5th
After an early snub, Washington moved into a premium spot in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night.
The undefeated Huskies, who didn’t crack the top four in the first round of the playoff rankings, earned the No. 4 position this week.
The top three spots remained unchanged with No. 1 Alabama (9-0), No. 2 Clemson (9-0) and No. 3 Michigan (9-0) retaining their positions.
Ohio State (8-1), a team some thought might have earned a top-four spot after a dominant 62-3 victory against Nebraska, was ranked No. 5.
Texas A&M, which surprised many by claiming the No. 4 spot in the first round of the rankings despite carrying a loss to No. 1 Alabama, suffered a 35-28 defeat to unranked Mississippi State and cleared the way for the Huskies to move up. The Aggies fell to No. 8.
While Washington was ranked behind a one-loss Texas A&Mteam last week, the Huskies managed to pull ahead of a strong oneloss Ohio State on Tuesday.
Playoff selection committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said it was easy to award the Huskies the No. 4 spot.
“What’s different this week is you have to look at the one-loss team that Washington was being compared against last week; that one-loss team had a loss to at the time No. 1-ranked Alabama,” Hocutt said on ESPN. “When you 1. Alabama 2. Clemson 3. Michigan 4. Washington 5. Ohio State 6. Louisville 7. Wisconsin 8. Texas A&M 9. Auburn 10. Penn State 11. Oklahoma 12. Colorado 13. Oklahoma State 14. Virginia Tech 15. Utah 16. West Virginia 17. North Carolina 18. Florida State 19. Nebraska 20. USC 21. Western Michigan 22. Boise State 23. Washington State 24. LSU 25. Arkansas 9-0 9-0 9-0 9-0 8-1 8-1 7-2 7-2 7-2 7-2 7-2 7-2 7-2 7-2 7-2 7-1 7-2 6-3 7-2 6-3 9-0 8-1 7-2 5-3 6-3 look at the one-loss team Ohio State at No. 5 this week, their loss was to Penn State.
“The selection committee continues to be impressed with Washington and what we see on the football field each and every week, they’ve been very consistent and handled everything that’s come in front of them.”
Texas A&M’s ugly loss also helped Louisville, with the Cardinals (8-1) moving up to No. 6 after demolishing Boston College 52-7.
The final poll will be revealed live on ESPN on Dec. 4.
The top four teams qualify for the two semifinal games, which will be held at the Fiesta and Peach bowls on Dec. 31.
The winners will meet in the national championship game on Monday, Jan. 9, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.