Next-to-last college football standings released ahead of conference championship weekend
The Georgia Bulldogs still hold the top spot in the college football playoff standings, but after a week of wild rivalry, the rest of the top four is looking a little different.
With Michigan’s 45-23 win over Ohio State in Columbus (No. 3 vs. No. 2, respectively, at the time), the Wolverines moved up one spot before facing Purdue in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday.
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The Buckeyes’ loss dropped them to No. 5, and now they’re on the outside looking in.
TCU moved up one spot and is now the third-ranked team after they were able to take over business with a 62-14 win over Iowa State before the Big 12 title game against No. 13 Kansas State.
The big move up, however, came from USC, who after toppling then-No. 15 Notre Dame, combined with then-No. 5 LSU against a then-4-7 Texas A&M team, the now-Trojans. are in fourth place: the Tigers dropped to 14th.
LSU will still face Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, but since they’re now ranked in the teens, there’s basically nothing they can do. If they hadn’t been upset, that matchup would have had big implications for just about everyone in the top six.
Although it’s not guaranteed, considering Ohio State and No. 6 Alabama are off this weekend and not in control of their own destiny, it’s almost safe to say that if each of the top four teams win their conference championship game this weekend (USC faces No. 11 Utah in the Pac-12 title game), those will be the four squads competing in the College Football Playoff.
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Here’s how the rest of the Top 25 stands, along with their records and ranking from last week:
No. 7: Tennessee (10-2, No. 10)
No. 8: Penn State (10-2, No. 11)
No. 9: Clemson (10-2, No. 8)
No. 10: Kansas State (9-3, No. 12)
No. 11: Utah (9-3, No. 14)
No. 12: Washington (10-2, No. 13)
No. 13: Florida State (9-3, No. 16)
No. 14: LSU (9-3, No. 5)
No. 15: Oregon State (9-3, No. 21)
No. 16: Oregon (9-3, No. 9)
No. 17: UCLA (9-3, No. 18)
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#18: Tulane 10-2, #19)
No. 19: South Carolina (8-4, unranked)
No. 20: Texas (8-4, No. 23)
No. 21: Notre Dame (8-4, No. 15)
No. 22: UCF (9-3, even)
No. 23: North Carolina (9-3, No. 17)
No. 24: Mississippi State (8-4, unranked)
No. 25: North Carolina State (8-4, unranked)