After a profitable week in faculty soccer, the Top 10 CFP (College Football Playoff) Rankings remained unchanged in Tuesday’s launch of the third checklist. That is the primary time in the historical past of the rankings that has occurred.
Alabama (10-0), Clemson (10-0), Notre Dame (10-0) and Michigan (9-1) stored their spots in the highest 4, with Georgia (9-1) and Oklahoma (9-1) maintaining their positions on the checklist as properly at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Alabama is the #1 group in the nation for the 15th time in 28 rankings, they usually, together with Clemson (#2) and Notre Dame (#3), stay undefeated.
“These are full groups,” committee chair Rob Mullens stated when requested in regards to the hole between Alabama and Clemson. “We spent a variety of time speaking about it. They’re each top-10 offenses, top-10 defenses, however at this level, everybody has Alabama one, Clemson two.”
LSU (#7), Washington State (#8), West Virginia (#9) and Ohio State (#10) stayed the course as properly, rounding out the highest 10.
There was shuffle past the highest 10, with some losses dropping a couple of groups and knocking out others altogether.
However first, people who gained. Undefeated UCF climbed up one spot to No. 11, as did Syracuse to No. 13. Penn State climbed six spots, as much as No. 14, after a 22-10 win over Wisconsin.
UCF’s No. 11 rating is the best for a Group of 5 group in the CFP’s historical past.
“You’ll be able to’t keep away from the truth that power of schedule is a matter when in comparison with the opposite groups,” Mullens stated of UCF.
Iowa State additionally climbed six spots to No. 16 after its fifth straight win. Texas is No. 15 this week, up three spots.
However Washington was the largest climber, coming in at No. 18 — up from No. 25 final week.
Some groups dropped after performances final week: Kentucky slipped from No. 11 to No. 17 after falling to unranked Tennessee, and Florida slipped two spots to No. 15 after a detailed win in opposition to South Carolina. Boston College is No. 20, three spots down from final week, following a 27-7 residence loss to Clemson. One other SEC group slipped 5 spots: Mississippi State, all the way down to No. 21 from No. 16 after a 24-Zero shutout loss to the Crimson Tide on Saturday.
Utah is again in the rankings at No. 19 whereas Northwestern made its CFP debut this season as No. 22.
Michigan State, NC State, Fresno State and Auburn fell out of the rankings altogether.
There was motion amongst Group of 5 groups this week, with Boise State debuting at No. 25 after defeating Fresno State. The Mountain West convention additionally has consultant Utah State at No. 23. And Cincinnati got here in at No. 24 this week.
At this level, you’re most likely questioning what the College Football Playoffs schedule might probably appear to be.
Whereas nothing has been confirmed—as there are nonetheless two weeks left in the season and though the highest 6 groups are VERY good, faculty soccer is extraordinarily unpredictable—right here’s what the bracket would appear to be at present (by way of ESPN):
And, except one thing adjustments, this would be the schedule:
Saturday, December 29th
Midday ET: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 12 Syracuse vs. No. 9 West Virginia (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta)
Four p.m. ET: College Football Playoff semifinal on the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Basic: No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 1 Alabama (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas)
Eight p.m. ET: College Football Playoff semifinal on the Capital One Orange Bowl: No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Clemson (Arduous Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida)
Tuesday, January 1st
1 p.m. ET: PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: No. 11 UCF vs. No. 7 LSU (State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona)
5 p.m. ET: Rose Bowl Recreation Introduced by Northwestern Mutual: No. Eight Washington State vs. No. 10 Ohio State (Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California)
8:45 p.m. ET: Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 5 Georgia (Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans)
The 2019 College Football Playoff Nationwide Championship recreation might be held on Monday, January seventh at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Potential CFP Championship recreation match-ups embrace: Alabama vs. Clemson, Alabama vs. Notre Dame, Michigan vs. Clemson or Michigan vs. Notre Dame.
Who do you suppose might be taking part in in the Nationwide Championship?