Top-seven in college football playoff standings remain unchanged as Houston debuts
With just two weeks into the regular season, there has been very little change, at least at the top, in the third edition of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee standings, which was released on Tuesday.
The top seven teams – Georgia, Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Michigan and Michigan State – all won last weekend, so their rankings remain unchanged from a week ago.
The top-ranked Bulldogs moved up to 10-0 with a 41-17 victory over Tennessee, which gave them a perfect 8-0 record in the SEC for the first time in school history. They stay on a collision course to play No.2 Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship game on Dec. 4 in Atlanta. Alabama beat New Mexico State 59-3 at home on Saturday.
The No.3 Ducks remained a spot ahead of the Buckeyes, as the committee apparently still places a lot of weight on Oregon’s 35-28 victory at Ohio State on September 11.
“Face to face is definitely one of the criteria that we use and one of the things that we have evaluated,” said Iowa athletic director Gary Barta, chairman of the committee. “In the case of Oregon, Oregon has been playing some terrific football lately; they won the other day against Washington State. Ohio State is playing one of the best offensives in the world. country; they got a convincing victory over Purdue. But when it comes down to those two, the fact that Oregon went to the state of Ohio and beat them in the Horseshoe, when the vote took held this week, that’s how the vote came out. “
However, Michigan remains a place ahead of rival Michigan State, even as the Spartans beat the Wolverines 37-33 at home on October 30.
“With Michigan and the State of Michigan, the committee when we met a week ago, the committee talked about Michigan as being a more complete team,” Barta said. “Since then another game has been played. Michigan State looked good against Maryland; Michigan came back from behind and won on the road at Penn State. Every week 13 people renew their votes. , when the votes were cast this week, that’s the way it came out: Michigan ahead of Michigan state and Oregon ahead of Ohio state. ”
Undefeated Cincinnati, who are trying to become the first team in a Group 5 conference to advance to the playoffs, remained at No.5 after a 45-28 victory in South Florida on Friday night. The Bearcats could face one of their toughest challenges of the season against SMU at home on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN App).
“They are undefeated,” Barta said. “We’ve talked a lot about a great win at Notre Dame, a tough place to win. And Notre Dame continues to win, so this win looks more impressive every week. Every week we talk about Cincinnati, the subject of the strength of the schedule is coming Looking at the game we can see that they have some great players and it’s a very good football team, but the strength of the schedule is something that makes it harder to assess. and as the games progress we’ll keep watching it. But the strength of the schedule has been one of the issues when it comes to Cincinnati. “
Cincinnati got some help as Houston became the second AAC team to make the selection committee standings at No.24. Mississippi State also fell back to No.25.
Notre Dame, who won 28-3 on the road in Virginia, moved to No.8, followed by No.9 Oklahoma State and No.10 Wake Forest.
According to ESPN Stats & Information research, no team outside of the top 10 at this point in the season has reached the playoffs; the lowest ranking with 19 days remaining to reach the playoffs is ninth (Michigan State in 2015, Oklahoma in 2019). In fact, 21 of the 28 teams in the top four of the committee rankings released 19 days before selection day have reached the CFP. This includes all but one future National Champions (Ohio State was sixth in 2014).
After losing 27-14 to Baylor on Saturday, Oklahoma dropped five spots to No.13. Texas A&M also dropped five spots to No.16 after losing 29-19 to Ole Miss. NC State slipped four places after a 45-42 loss at Wake Forest.
The Rebels rose three spots, with No.15 in Wisconsin, No.17 in Iowa, No.18 in Pittsburgh, No.19 in San Diego State and No.22 in San Diego. Arkansas.
Auburn and Purdue came off the standings after losing on Saturday.