The fourth College Football Playoff rankings looked just like the previous two at the top. No. 1 Georgia held the top spot followed by Ohio State, Michigan and TCU.
It was not a foregone conclusion that the quartet would stay there on Saturday. All four left in the Bowl Subdivision won their games last weekend, but no one was easy.
The Bulldogs were held to 16 points and won by 10 against Kentucky. The Buckeyes scored late which made his final against Maryland flattering as the Terrapins turned the ball over on a potential game-winning drive. And the Wolverines and Horned Frogs Both needed field goals in the final seconds to defeat Illinois and Baylor, respectively.
Tennessee, however, was not so lucky. The Volunteers were in fifth place by the committee last week and it is thought that they were in the lead in the semi-finals. Instead, they were sent to South Carolina. Their loss opened the door for another group of contenders to move up.
LSU won the fifth spot after its victory in Alabama-Birmingham. The Tigers — even with two losses — appear to control their own destiny if they can beat Texas A&M this week and then Georgia in the SEC championship game. Ohio State and Michigan play each other this week and the loser should fall.
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After LSU is Southern California and Alabama. Clemson and Oregon hold down the eighth and ninth spots. Tennessee rounds out the top 10 after falling five spots but must now play the rest of the season without quarterback Hendon Hooker, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear in the loss to the Gamecocks.
Number 19 Tulane leads all teams from the Group of Five. The top champion from those leagues earns an automatic berth in one of the New Year’s Six bowl games, likely the Cotton Bowl. The Green Wave traveled to No. 24 Cincinnati with the winner securing a spot in the American Athletics championship game.
The PAC-12 has the most representatives in the rankings with six followed by the SEC with its five teams. The ACC has four teams and then the American, Big 12 and Big Ten have three.
The final ranking of the committee will take place on December 4, and the four best teams will earn spots in the playoff. The semifinals will be played at the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl on December 31. The final will be played on January 9 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Top 25 College Football Playoff Committee
1. Georgia (11-0)
2. Ohio State (11-0)
3. Michigan (11-0)
4. TCU (11-0)
5. LSU (9-2)
6. Southern California (10-1)
7. Alabama (9-2)
8. Clemson (10-1)
9. Oregon (9-2)
10. Tennessee (9-2)
11. Penn State (9-2)
12. Kansas State (8-3)
13. Washington (9-2)
14. Utah (8-3)
15. Notre Dame (8-3)
16. Florida State (8-3)
17. North Carolina (9-2)
18. UCLA (8-3)
19. Tulane (9-2)
20. Mississippi (8-3)
21. Oregon State (8-3)
22. Central Florida (8-3)
23. Texas (7-4)
24. Cincinnati (9-2)
25. Louisville (7-4)