No. 10 last week when the committee issued its first list of the season, leapfrogged its fellow unbeaten Wisconsin (9-0), to take over No. 7 while Wisconsin held down No. 8.
The rest of the top 10: No. 1 Georgia, No. 3 Alabama - both 9-0 - the third-ranked Irish, No. 4 Clemson and No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 TCU, all of whom are 8-1. MSU visits #13 Ohio State this Saturday. He wanted to see how high UM, coming off its decisive win over No. 13 Virginia Tech, would move up. The Badgers pulled away late in a rout of Indiana. The Selection Committee doesn't seem to find the conference's lack of defense indefensible, as it put its two best teams as the first two out.
"That strengthened their resume more than, I would say, Wisconsin strengthened their resume with a win over a three-win IN team", Hocutt said.
Holding the fifth spot again this week is Oklahoma (8-1).
Rounding out the top 10 in this week's College Football Playoff poll are No. 7 Miami, No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 9 Washington and No. 10 Auburn. The 7-2 Spartans went from 24th to 12th after Saturday's 27-24 win over Penn State.
That's a possibility college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit discussed during the College Football Playoff rankings show on ESPN.
Georgia maintained the top spot. Having just messed with the Texas Longhorns, TCU is in a good spot at No. 6 where it can make the College Football Playoff if it wins out. The winners will meet in the national championship game January 8 at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The two highest-ranked teams two-loss teams are Auburn and USC. Wisconsin is the top dog in the Big Ten West. UCF looks to be the favorite to get the Group of 5 New Year's Six bowl nod.