"We said while UCF might not have the depth of talent of Ohio State, the committee thought they're playing more as an all-around team", Mullens said. Penn State is 12th. That is why the Buckeyes were jumped in the rankings by UCF, which moved from 11th to ninth.
For three straight weeks, we have stared at the same top four: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 MI. The Buckeyes just barely held on for an overtime win against Maryland, opening the door for UCF.
CFP executive director Bill Hancock has often said there is no glass ceiling on the Group of Five teams.
As with last week, No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 Oklahoma sit patiently, awaiting their chance to pounce into the semifinals. The Panthers will play Clemson in the ACC Championship Game on December 1. But they lost three conference games and didn't even earn a major bowl bid. Its game against North Carolina was cancelled by a hurricane, and the Tar Heels aren't any good, anyway.
The Sooners' 59-56 win on Friday night over West Virginia was their best of the season. but Ohio State's win on Saturday was better.
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In conference, Emery said that a number of players had recovered from injuries and trained, such as forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette .
One potential opponent: UCF. The Big 12 championship game will be an opportunity for Oklahoma to show the committee it can beat Texas and avenge its only loss of the season - a 48-45 setback in Dallas on October 6.
Is it an undefeated UCF team without McKenzie Milton? Notre Dame is now in position to secure a berth in the playoffs with a win this weekend against arch-rival USC. The conference title game losers could still be in the mix, but what if these are the conference title games losers?
Beat Washington and Utah to finish 12-1 and Pac-12 champs: Like Oklahoma, Wazzu would need lots of help from the teams ahead of it and has no margin for error.
Assuming Clemson gets a mulligan and gets into the playoff, every other team would have at least two losses.