The second installment of the College Football Playoff Rankings were announced on Tuesday by the selection committee, and there were no big surprises. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.in Fayetteville, Arkansas. One of those was LSU, which checked in at No. 4 in the initial CFP rankings, but tumbled down three spots to No. 7 following a loss to No. 1 Alabama. If they win outright, and one of the teams in front of them loses, Oklahoma might be able to sneak into the top four. Remember Michigan still plays Ohio State in the last regular-season game. Following them, you have undefeated Notre Dame and a bunch of other one-loss teams.
The Tide is already locked into the SEC championship game and has built up enough equity that even a regular-season loss to Mississippi State or Auburn won't keep Tua Tagovailoa and Co. out of the playoff.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Unless they turn it around, they could unquestionable drop their second game out of their last three. If Clemson and Notre Dame are unbeaten, it's possible that MI would get left out. So both teams have one loss, but West Virginia has the best win, the best loss, and it has played the more hard schedule. The Fighting Irish are just ahead of MI based on a head-to-head matchup, won by Notre Dame 24-17.
Take a look at the full top 25 below. From the very start of the season, just about everybody associated with college football predicted Alabama and Georgia would meet in the SEC title game, a rematch of last season's national championship game. If Washington State wins out, that could further complicate matters for the committee.
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No other Big Ten teams made the cut including the first place Northwestern Wildcats or the 6-3 Wisconsin Badgers who also beat Iowa earlier this season.
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. Meanwhile, Penn State fell to #20 after getting their butts kicked by MI 42-7.
"Strong offense, struggling on defense", Mullens said.
Alabama and Clemson are still ranked No. 1 and No. 2 after blowing out their opponents on Saturday, but the shakeups start after that.