If the playoff were today: Alabama-Clemson, Ohio State-Michigan in semis


The loss would become more painful when our next honorable mention lost on Saturday. Ohio State, which came into this week on the outside of the playoff picture would seem to be right back in the thick of things, as the new No. 2 - rising four spots from last week's rankings. Ohio State and MI are in the top-four, sitting at No. 2 and 3, respectively, while Nebraska is hanging around at No. 18.

Alabama and Ohio State are holding down the first two spots but even though MI and Clemson loss they are still in the top four. Florida State Seminoles (7-3) 18. In fact, half our committee has Louisville inside the top four. Is anyone going to be the Crimson Tide?

Louisville and Washington fill in the fifth and sixth spots respectively. The top three were all favorites by 20 points or more. With six of the top 10 teams coming from the Big Ten and ACC, CFP executive director Bill Hancock told ESPN's Heather Dinich that being a division victor in a conference isn't a mandatory consideration. The Huskies have several opportunities down the stretch to regain their lofty ranking, including a matchup with Washington State on the last Friday of November.

A possible path the Cardinals: The Pac-12 picks itself apart and produces a champion with at least two losses and the Big 12 does the same.

Wisconsin has hung on for countless one-possession victories in ugly, ugly games. But that's better than the five that would be shut out under the BCS.

"We evaluate the complete resume", Hocutt said. "But it is noted within our discussions that that is a good FCS team this season".

Three non-Power five conferences are represented.

The two previous seasons don't give much insight.

On Tuesday night, the playoff committee made a decision to elevate OSU to the second spot in the playoff race with just two weeks remaining on the schedule. "So, in the committee's eyes, Ohio State is deserving of that No.2 ranking this week".

The Buckeyes could wind up the highest-ranked team of the three but not play in the Big Ten title game.

This season has the potential to change that. If the Nittany Lions win out (at Rutgers, vs. Michigan State) and Ohio State beats Michigan at the end of the regular season, Penn State will win the Big Ten East and head to Indianapolis. No. 12 Colorado and No. 13 Oklahoma State each moved up four spots.Colorado has its highest ranking since it was No. 12 on December 1, 2002. How does that head-to-head win from September compare to the Sooners' league title?



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