OU #4, OSU #13 in new CFB Playoff rankings

OU #4, OSU #13 in new CFB Playoff rankings”

With three weeks left until the College Football Playoff becomes final, there are just four remaining undefeated FBS teams in Alabama, Miami, Wisconsin and Central Florida.

A familiar face tops this week's ranking, as the Alabama Crimson Tide claim the top spot with a 10-0 record.

By the way, based on this week's rankings, Stokan projects the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl matchup potentially could be Georgia, Auburn or Wisconsin vs. UCF. Can the Tide survive a stumble and still make the top 4?

Certainty gives you Alabama, which would be an undefeated SEC champion, and either Miami or Clemson, which face each other in the ACC championship game December 2.

So much so that they still have Miami ranked behind the Tigers despite blowing out Notre Dame last week.

The game drew 7.4 million viewers, about 700,000 more than the number of viewers who watched Alabama beat LSU 24-10 in Bryant-Denny Stadium. MiamiMiami controls its own destiny, too, after blowing the doors off Notre Dame.

The Sooners have arguably the best resume in the nation, with their lone loss coming on the road to a good Iowa State team.

Wisconsin moved up after comfortably beating then-No. Notre DameThe Irish may have lost their shot with the poor showing in Miami, but they do finish with a decent Navy team and on the road at Stanford, who likely will be ranked again this week after a big win at home over Washington. The highest-ranked conference champion from outside the Power Five is guaranteed a spot in the New Year's Six bowls. They finish at home with Virginia and on the road at Pitt, then will take on Clemson in the ACC title game.

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There were complaints from Miami and Oklahoma fans about being stuck behind Clemson. Nitpick Oklahoma's defense all you want, but it allowed an average 29.3 points per game in victories against Ohio State, Oklahoma State and TCU.

For that to happen, Ohio State would need Alabama to win out to avoid the possibility of having two one-loss SEC teams should Georgia win the conference.

Playoff officials announced performers for the concert series: Jason Derulo and Charlie Puth, along with special guest Lizzo, on Jan. 6; The Chainsmokers, along with additional performances by Bebe Rexha and Spencer Ludwig, on Jan. 7; and Darius Rucker in a pregame event on Jan. 8, along with opening act Brett Young. As for MI, it's insane, and it isn't likely by any means, but the Wolverines are alive in the Big Ten right now. We're putting the defending national champions here with the understanding that every game is an elimination game, and the Big Ten champion could get this last spot.

The Trojans remain on the outside looking in on a playoff spot and have little chance to get there without a lot of insane help, but here they are, a chance to win the Pac-12 title, waiting for three or four more teams to bite it.

However, the two-loss debate looks like it could leave the Big 12 with the short stick. Oklahoma State (8-2, Big 12) 14. Washington State (9-2, Pac 12) 15.

No. 16 Mississippi State at Arkansas, CBS, Noon: Mississippi State's SEC title and playoff hopes are dead.

Penn State's best win is at home against a MI team that was much worse than with John O'Korn at quarterback than the current Wolverines. Memphis (8-1, AAC) 22.

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