For 3rd week, 'Bama, Clemson, ND, Mich top CFP; UCF's path

For 3rd week, 'Bama, Clemson, ND, Mich top CFP; UCF's path

If Texas wins, it will face the victor of No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 13 West Virginia.

Which top 10 teams will have the least amount of trouble this week?

Utah State (No. 21) and Boise State (No. 23) are the next two Group of Five teams in the rankings and would be next in line for a spot in a New Year's Six game, if UCF stumbles Friday against USF and in the AAC title game.




The fourth iteration of the College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday night. But these games are also the most exciting and meaningful games of the season to the players, coaches and fan bases, as rivalry games bring out the greatest emotions, energy and effort. This means that, not only will these teams be fighting against their rivals for a year of bragging rights, they all need a victory in week 13 to ensure that they get a chance to keep their seasons alive and earn a bowl berth. Ohio State's defense looked porous in a tight overtime win over Maryland this past Saturday, and that's something Mullens kept mentioning during his live interview on ESPN and during the CFP committee teleconference. The Panthers will play Clemson in the ACC Championship Game on December 1.

As expected, there was no movement at the top of the rankings. Rivalry week and the conference title games remain, but until then there's no reason for the committee to budge from their standing-Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and MI have separated themselves from the rest.

After that win, the Knights moved up three spots in the AP Top 25 poll to No. 8. Even so, both of the opponents of Georgia and USF have a respectable 7-4 record. Actually, they do. So, here are a few suggestions we think the College Football Playoff can use to make the system better. The Eagles dropped out of the rankings this week after falling to Florida State this past weekend.

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