There will be changes in the College Football Playoff rankings this week after nine teams in the initial top 25 lost over the weekend, but don't expect many to come near the top. Since No. 4 MI is the projected conference champion and already in a semifinal, the next highest-ranked Big Ten team would be No. 10 Ohio State. 3 LSU was shut out 29-0 by Alabama.
Selection committee chairman Rob Mullens noted LSU's three victories against teams the committee has ranked this week (Mississippi State, Auburn, and Georgia).
This is the second of six weekly rankings released by the selection committee, with the final rankings to be revealed on December 2. And if Texas were to earn a spot in the conference title game, it tragically would be at OU's expense.
The top 10 shook out like this: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 LSU, No. 8 Washington State, No. 9 West Virginia and No. 10 Ohio State. Cincinnati and South Florida still loom on the schedule, but there's no way wins over either of those teams would put UCF within striking distance of the top four entering conference championship weekend.
It was even Groundhog Day for No. 8 Washington State, which remains the Pac-12's only one-loss and highest-ranked team, and UCF, which remained status quo at No. 12.
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Either way, here's our projected top-10 tonight for the College Football Playoff rankings.
Oklahoma Sooners - Neither they nor Washington State had convincing wins last weekend, but Oklahoma beat a better Texas Tech team on the road so they get the edge.
No. 18 MSU will take on No. 1 Alabama at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Finally, according to the Sagarin ratings, West Virginia has played the 45th most-difficult schedule in the country. Meanwhile, Penn State fell to #20 after getting their butts kicked by MI 42-7. If Clemson and Notre Dame are unbeaten, it's possible that MI would get left out. The Bulldogs would play No. 6 Oklahoma, which is the projected Big 12 champion in this ranking. Ohio State could win out - beating Michigan State and Michigan along the way - and get in.