There was a guaranteed change among the top four teams in the college football playoff standings released Tuesday after Oregon, ranked No.3 last week, was destroyed by Utah.
What was surprising was that there was a change to No.2 with Ohio State, fresh off their impressive loss to Michigan State, leaping two places and supplanting Alabama, who slipped to No.3 after Crimson Tide battled Arkansas at home.
Cincinnati earned a spot at No.4. The undefeated Bearcats appear to be in good shape in their attempt to become the first team in the Group of Five to be selected for the semi-finals if they can beat East Carolina next week and then Houston. in the USA. Athletic title game.
Michigan earns a berth at No.5. The Wolverines face Ohio State this weekend, the winner taking the Big Ten East title and would likely be one win away from securing a playoff berth.
Notre Dame follows in sixth position. The Irish will need help with just one game remaining against Stanford, which is unlikely to boost their profile.
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A trio of Big 12 teams follow in the second half of the top 10, led by No.7 Oklahoma State. The Cowboys and Oklahoma No.10 each have one loss and face off this weekend. Baylor is No. 8 followed by No. 9 Mississippi.
Hoping to finish in position for a New Year’s Bowl Six, independent Brigham Young improves one spot to No.13, placing the Cougars just outside the top 12, a ranking that needed to be factored into a spot. .
The SEC and Big Ten run all conferences with five teams each in the rankings. The ACC is next with four and the Big 12 has three.
The 21st state of San Diego, the 22nd Texas-San Antonio and the 24th Houston are the other representatives of the Group of Five after Cincinnati and BYU. The highest rated champion among these conferences is guaranteed a spot in a New Years Six bowl.
No.23 Clemson enters the Top 25 for the first time this season after beating Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons dropped eight spots to place 18th after their first conference loss. Mississippi State, which was No.25 last week, gave up even after losing to Tennessee State.
The final season standings will be released on December 5 and the top four teams will play in the semi-finals at the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl on December 31. The national championship game is January 10 in Indianapolis.
Top 25 College Football Qualifying Committee
1. Georgia (11-0)
2. Alabama (10-1)
3. Ohio State (10-1)
4. Cincinnati (11-0)
5. Michigan (10-1)
6. Notre-Dame (10-1)
7. Oklahoma State (10-1)
8. Baylor (9-2)
9. Mississippi (9-2)
10. Oklahoma (10-1)
11. Oregon (9-2)
12. Michigan State (9-2)
13. Brigham Young (9-2)
14. Wisconsin (8-3)
15. Texas A&M (8-3)
16. Iowa (9-2)
17. Pittsburgh (9-2)
18. Wake Forest (9-2)
19. Utah (8-3)
20. State of North Carolina (8-3)
21. San Diego State (10-1)
22 .Texas-San Antonio (11-0)
23. Clemson (8-3)
24. Houston (10-1)
25. Arkansas (7-4)