Losses don’t hurt much after all
Michigan sticks at No. 3, Clemson falls only 2 spots to 4th
Three of the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings suffered losses over the weekend, opening the door for a major shake-up at the top of the poll released Tuesday night.
Alabama (10-0), one of two undefeated teams in the country, remained No. 1.
Ohio State (9-1) moved into the No. 2 spot, followed by Michigan (9-1), which remained at No. 3 despite losing to Iowa, and Clemson (9-1) at No. 4.
Louisville (9-1) remains on the outside looking in on the top four at No. 5, followed by Washington (9-1) at No. 6.
Clemson, Michigan and Washington all lost to unranked teams over the weekend, but the committee felt the Tigers and Wolverines still deserved spots in the top four. Clemson dropped two spots from No. 2.
Wisconsin was seventh and Penn State eighth, giving the Big Ten four teams in the top 10. Oklahoma was the highest-rated Big 12 team at nine and Colorado was 10th.
“The committee this week spent a great deal of time on teams two through six — there are small separations from those categories of teams,” Kirby Hocutt, chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, said on ESPN. “What impressed the committee about Michigan is they have three wins against CFP top-10 teams.”
Among Group of Five programs, Boise State moved up to No. 20, just
CFP Top 25
1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Michigan 4. Clemson 5. Louisville 6. Washington 7. Wisconsin 8. Penn State 9. Oklahoma 10. Colorado 11. Oklahoma State 12. Utah 13. USC 14. West Virginia 15. Auburn 16. LSU 17. Florida State 18. Nebraska 19. Tennessee 20. Boise State 21. Western Michigan 22. Washington State 23. Florida 24. Stanford 25. Texas A&M 10-0 9-1 9-1 9-1 9-1 9-1 8-2 8-2 8-2 8-2 8-2 8-2 7-3 8-1 7-3 6-3 7-3 8-2 7-3 9-1 10-0 8-2 7-2 7-3 7-3 ahead of undefeated Western Michigan at No. 21.
The final poll will be revealed live on ESPN at noon Dec. 4.
The top four teams qualify for the two semifinal games, which will be held at the Fiesta and Peach bowls Dec. 31.
The winners will meet in the national championship game on Jan. 9 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
The remaining games that compose the New Year’s Six access bowl games — Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton — will select the highest-ranked remaining teams that fill their criteria.
The highest-ranked conference champion from the Group of Five conferences — American, Conference USA, Mid- American, Mountain West and Sun Belt — also will receive a spot.