Georgia remains in a familiar position in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings. The Bulldogs were in first place for the second week in a row, bolstered by an impressive loss to Tennessee – their third straight victory against a team in the committee’s rankings.
Ohio State remains in second place if it faces No. 3 Michigan. The Buckeyes have lost the last two games in the heated rivalry with the Wolverines. The winner would only have to beat Iowa in next week’s Big Ten title game to secure a playoff spot.
The change in the top four comes at No. 4, with Washington moving up one spot and swapping places with Florida State. The Huskies picked up an impressive road win against Oregon State in Week 12 and are just two wins away from an undefeated regular season.
The Seminoles face the challenge of playing without Jordan Travis after the quarterback was ruled out for the season due to a leg injury he suffered against North Alabama last week. Florida State will have to beat Florida and Louisville, in the ACC title game, with Tate Rodemaker starting in place of Travis to finish 13-0.
Oregon continues to lead teams one loss behind the remaining undefeated Power Five. The Ducks are followed by Texas and Alabama for the fourth straight week. The top 10 is completed by Missouri and Louisville.
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No. 23 Tulane is the top team representing the Group of Five conferences. The Green Wave will face Texas-San Antonio, then a likely matchup against SMU in the American Athletic title game. Conference USA’s Liberty joined the rankings at No. 25. The highest-ranked champion in these leagues earns an automatic spot in the New Year’s Six.
The SEC again leads all conferences in the top 25 with six teams, all ranked in the top 18. The ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 are the other leagues with multiple teams. Everyone has four each.
The committee’s final rankings will take place on December 3, and the top four teams will earn a playoff spot. The semifinals will be played at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on January 1. The championship game will take place on January 8 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
College Football Playoff Committee Top 25
1. Georgia (11-0)
2. Ohio State (11-0)
3. Michigan (11-0)
4. Washington (11-0)
5. Florida State (11-0)
6. Oregon (10-1)
7. Texas (10-1)
11. Penn State (9-2)
12. Mississippi (9-2)
13. Oklahoma (9-2)
14. LSU (8-3)
15. Arizona (8-3)
16. Oregon State (8-3)
17. Iowa (9-2)
18. Notre Dame (8-3)
19. Kansas State (8-3)
20. Oklahoma State (8-3)
21. Tennessee (7-4)
22. North Carolina State (8-3)
23. Tulane (10-1)
24. Clemson (7-4)
25. Liberty (11-0)