In College Football Playoff Ranking

The Washington Huskies moved up one spot to No. 5 in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday afternoon. The Cardinals fell from fifth to 11th after losing at Houston.

The Sooners won last year's meeting, but Oklahoma State win in overtime the last time they played in Norman. Justin Jackson last week became the first Northwestern player to rush for 1,000 yards in three seasons.

The top 4 teams that will comprise the Playoff Semifinalists will be announced at noon on December 4.

3 p.m. or 7 p.m. ET: College Football Playoff semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 1 Alabama vs.

This upcoming Saturday's matchup between Urban Meyer and his No. 2 Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh and his No. 3 Wolverines is being compared to this game back in 2006.

Even though MI and Ohio State's rankings each have withstood a loss this season, competition from top teams in other conferences and even their own means the Playoff candidacy of Saturday's losing team likely will end.

The Nittany Lions need to beat Michigan State this weekend and have Ohio State defeat Michigan in order to win the Big Ten East division and reach the conference title game in Indianapolis.

Trace McSorley Could Be Thorn in Side of Wisconsin Badgers Defense
Wisconsin's opportunistic defense ranks third nationally in scoring defense (13.7) and rushing defense (100.8 yards per game). However, there's a bit of an injury concern, as he left the third quarter of last week's game with an apparent ankle injury.

One-loss conference champion MI. Unbeaten Alabama (10-0) remained No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson. But the game against the Buckeyes is expected to be hard, particularly with the injured quarterback Wilton Speight's availability in question. The Wolverines would essentially become the nation's top two-loss team after Wisconsin, which would put MI in if either Washington or Clemson lose a game. None of those teams are ranked. Both teams have been among the best in the country all season, and this years incarnation of "The Game" promises to be one of the most competitive in a long time. While the committee is expected to judge teams on a number of factors, it appears that biggest factor is still the number of losses a team has. Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson again took the top four spots.

Ohio State and MI are once again the main event of the regular season's final week. "The committee continues to be impressed with the MI team, who's the only team in the current rankings to have three wins against current CFP Top 10 teams (and) continues to be very impressed with Michigan's defense". Still, the Buckeyes have their own issues to deal with as they head into the end of the season where they could be knocked out of the playoff picture with a loss to MI and the inability to improve their ranking if they can't play in the Big 10 Championship as a result of that loss. Yet do the math: Two of the above possibilities are mutually exclusive.

At the very worst, that scenario would have the committee debating between Washington, Oklahoma State, and maybe a second Big Ten team for the final spot in the playoff.

The Ohio State option.

It'll be strength versus strength as the top-rated offense in the Big Ten (Ohio State) goes against the conference's (and the nation's) best total defense.

"It is surreal to a point where if you sit down and think about it, it's incredible", Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley said. If they win, they'll likely get No. 9 Colorado in the Pac-12 championship game. Oklahoma, ranked No. 9 last week, defeated then-No. At the time, Ohio State was coached by Jim Tressel, who coached the Buckeyes to a 2002 National Championship win, and MI was coached by Lloyd Carr. Its main competitors for the final slot are the Pac-12 champion and Ohio State. The Buffaloes must beat No. 22 Utah (8-3); the Trojans need Colorado to lose and must beat Notre Dame, which should not be too much of a problem.

If Florida does the unthinkable and upsets LSU and Florida State in consecutive road games, then the committee would be hard-pressed to keep the Gators out of the Top 10.


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