There were no surprises at the top of the college football playoff standings. Georgia remained No.1, the position they’ve held in the committee’s previous four outings this season.
After the Bulldogs things got interesting in the top four. Alabama’s narrow loss to Auburn and Michigan’s loss to Ohio State brought a significant change to the outlook for the semifinals.
The Wolverines, who weren’t in the top four last week, were the biggest winners of Week 13. They improved three places to second, jumping both Alabama and Cincinnati in more Buckeyes. A win in the Big Ten title game against the Iowa No.13 would secure their first playoff appearance.
Alabama retained their third position thanks to their narrow victory. Cincinnati remained at No.4. The undefeated Bearcats likely need to beat No.21 Houston in the US Track and Field Championship game to become the first team in the Group of Five to be selected for the semi-finals.
Oklahoma State’s No.5 and Notre Dame’s No.6 remain strong playoff contenders, with Alabama and Georgia meeting Saturday for the SEC title. A loss to the Crimson Tide should make them lose sight of them. The Cowboys face No.9 Baylor in the Big 12 title game. The Fighting Irish are no longer on their full schedule, so their last case on the field has been made.
The Buckeyes lost five spots to No.7. Mississippi’s No.8 and Oregon’s No.10 retain the bottom two spots in the top 10.
Hoping to reach for a New Years Bowl Six, indie Brigham Young improved to No.12, putting the Cougars in a position to be considered for a spot.
The SEC runs all conferences with six teams in the rankings, followed by the Big Ten and the ACC with four. The Big 12 has three.
No. 19 San Diego State and No. 21 Houston are the other representatives of the Group of Five conference after Cincinnati. The highest rated champion among these leagues is guaranteed a spot in a New Years Six bowl.
No. 23 Kentucky and No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette entered the Top 25. Wisconsin and Texas-San Antonio dropped out of the standings after losses.
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 (12-0)
2. Michigan (11-1)
3. Alabama (11-1)
4. Cincinnati (12-0)
5. State of Oklahoma (11-1)
6. Notre-Dame (11-1)
7. Ohio State (10-2)
8. Mississippi (10-2)
9. Baylor (10-2)
10. Oregon (10-2)
11. Michigan State (10-2)
12. Brigham Young (10-2)
13. Iowa (10-2)
14. Oklahoma (10-2)
15. Pittsburgh (10-2)
16. Wake Forest (10-2)
17. Utah (9-3)
18. State of North Carolina (9-3)
19. San Diego State (11-1)
20 .Clemson (9-3)
21. Houston (11-1)
22. Arkansas (8-4)
23. Kentucky (9-3)
24. Louisiane-Lafayette (11-1)
25. Texas A&M (8-4)