Two more of the top 10 teams competing for the College Football Playoff lost on Saturday, creating more work for the selection committee. Well, sort of.
While the committee was forced to reshuffle the rankings after the defeats of No. 3 Oregon (38-7 to No. 23 Utah) and No. 7 Michigan (56-7 to No. 4 Ohio), those results actually produced a more streamlined top 25 in the final weeks of the season.
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The selection committee no longer had to explain why Michigan ranked 6th ahead of Michigan State, despite Sparta’s head-to-head victory over the Wolverines. They also don’t need to worry about Oregon’s ranking position, which beat Ohio State in Week 2, to the Buckeyes’ resurgence. The only real issue made out of Saturday’s game rankings isn’t even an issue: Where the Alabama ranking is in relation to Ohio State.
The committee chose to push the Buckeyes ahead of the Crimson Tide in the latest standings. That decision won’t matter in the end, as Alabama faces No. 1 Georgia in the SEC championship game. A win there would help Nick Saban and Co. become the top seed. A loss would remove Tide from the title fight.
The committee will be keeping an eye on “The Game” and Bedlam in Week 13, two fighting games featuring 10-1 opponents in Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. That should clarify the playoff picture, the final ranking is fast approaching.
With that, here are the top 25 teams in the latest CFP rankings:
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Top 25 CFP rankings from the fourth CFP poll 2021
|twelfth||the state of Michigan||9-2|
|21||State of San Diego||10-1|