CFP Top 25

Wash­ing­ton gets boost to No. 4 Huskies ben­e­fit from Texas A&M’s loss; Ohio State 5th

Baltimore Sun - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Matt Murschel

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.

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