Ohio State held on to the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night after having its previous game canceled, landing behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson for a second straight week.
The selection committee’s top seven teams were unchanged from last week’s rankings after the playoff contenders either won comfortably or didn’t play because of COVID-19 issues.
Texas A&M (6-1) was in fifth and Florida (7-1) sixth.
Ohio State (4-0) had to cancel its game at Illinois last week because of a spike in COVID-19 cases in the program. It was the second game of the season the Buckeyes have missed out on. One more cancellation would leave them ineligible for the Big Ten championship game and unable to play more than six regular-season games.
No. 7 Cincinnati (8-0) also had its last game canceled. The Bearcats are next scheduled to play Dec. 12 at Tulsa.
The College Football Playoff has set no minimum number of games played to be eligible for the playoff. It’s just going to be up to the selection committee to figure out how many is too few.
“There is a discrepancy sometimes between a team that plays eight or nine games and a team that’s played three or four games and frankly that’s a problem (in ranking teams),” said selection committee chairman Gary Barta, who is Iowa’s athletic director.
Barta said the committee discussed ranking Texas A&M ahead of Ohio State, but for now the Buckeyes and their potent offense led by quarterback Justin Fields are holding down the final playoff spot.
“When those two teams were put side-by-side this morning and last night, there just wasn’t enough there to put Texas A&M ahead of Ohio State,” Barta said.
Texas A&M is coming off a 20-7 victory against LSU that was played in a rainy and windy conditions.
Georgia was eighth and Iowa State and Miami rounded out the top 10. Oklahoma was 11th, followed by Indiana and BYU.
The Cougars, who are hoping for a New Year’s Six bowl, edged up one spot.
1. Alabama 2. Notre Dame 3. Clemson 4. Ohio State 5. Texas A&M 6. Florida 7. Cincinnati 8. Georgia 9. Iowa State 10. Miami (FL.) 11. Oklahoma 12. Indiana 13. Brigham Young 14. Northwestern 15. Oklahoma State 16. Wisconsin 17. North Carolina 18. Coastal Carolina 19. Iowa 20. USC 21. Marshall 22. Washington 23. Oregon 24. Tulsa 25. Louisiana-Lafayette
North Carolina and Texas were the two highest ranked teams in the Maui Invitational field this season, according to the CBS Sports Top 25 And 1. So the bracket has unfolded as I assumed it would. And now we’ll get a championship game on Wednesday featuring three five-star freshman bigs — UT’s Greg Brown and UNC’s Day’Ron Sharpe and Walker Kessler.
That’s a nice midweek afternoon treat.
Tip is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.
North Carolina got to this title game courtesy of Tuesday’s 67-63 victory over Stanford in which Caleb Love, a five-star freshman guard, scored a team-high 16 points. He’s averaging 13.0 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds through three games for a Tar Heels team that ranks 10th nationally in defensive efficiency. Meantime, Texas got to this title game courtesy of Tuesday’s 66-44 blowout of Indiana in which Matt Coleman, a senior guard, scored a team-high 16 points. He’s averaging 14.3 points, 5.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds through three games for a Texas team that ranks second nationally in defensive efficiency. So these are, quite literally, two of the best defensive teams in the country.
Don’t be surprised if the winner doesn’t touch 70 points.
North Carolina is No. 16 in Wednesday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. Texas is No. 19. Indiana was removed from the Top 25 And 1 following its loss to Texas. The Hoosiers were replaced by Louisville, which is 4-0 after Tuesday’s 75-54 victory over Western Kentucky. Chris Mack’s Cardinals also own a win over Seton Hall.
For the second week in a row, the Florida Gators are ranked at No. 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The top seven teams did not move in the second installment of the 2020 rankings.
Below, you can find the top 25 in its entirety.
1, Alabama (8-0)
2. Notre Dame (9-0)
3. Clemson (8-1)
4. Ohio State (4-0)
5. Texas A&M (6-1)
6. Florida (7-1)
7. Cincinnati (8-0)
8. Georgia (6-2)
9. Iowa State (7-2)
10 Miami (7-1)
11. Oklahoma (6-2)
12. Indiana (5-1)
13. Brigham Young (9-0)
14. Northwestern (5-1)
15. Oklahoma State (6-2)
16. Wisconsin (2-1)
17. North Carolina (6-3)
18. Coastal Carolina (9-0)
19. Iowa (4-2)
20. Southern California (3-0)
21. Marshall (7-0)
22. Washington (3-0)
23. Oregon (3-1)
24. Tulsa (5-1)
25. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-1)
In total, four teams can be found from the SEC within the top 25, in fact, within the top 10: Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida, and Georgia.
A win over Tennessee this weekend would lock the Gators into a spot for Dec. 19’s SEC Championship Game, likely to be against Alabama which can clinch the SEC West with a win over LSU on Saturday. Florida has no remaining East games left, and while the Crimson Tide will see divisional opponent Arkansas on Dec. 12, Alabama has the head-to-head advantage over Texas A&M if the two programs end with identical West records.
It’s this simple: If Florida wins out, including in Atlanta against the Crimson Tide, the Gators will make the College Football Playoff for the first time.
The second set of College Football Playoff rankings were revealed Tuesday.
The top four teams in the first set of rankings were Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State. The Tigers are the only team with one loss among that group, but the entire top seven teams remained unchanged from the initial rankings on Nov. 25.
The College Football Playoff rankings will be released each Tuesday leading up to conference championship weekend, and the final rankings will be unveiled on Dec. 20.
This season’s College Football Playoff semifinals are Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game and Sugar Bowl. The Playoff championship game will be Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
With that, the second set of College Football Playoff rankings:
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As expected, the second College Football Playoff rankings of the 2020 season saw no changes at the top.
No. 1 Alabama’s path to the national semifinals is easy. The Crimson Tide are a lock to enter the playoff as the top seed by winning out, and have even positioned themselves to lose once and still have a very strong case for the top four.
No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson will very likely meet again in the ACC championship game. Even with a loss to Clemson later this month, the Irish are in solid shape to reach the semifinals. A blowout win by Notre Dame in the rematch would make things dicey for the Tigers, however.
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No. 4 Ohio State’s largest hurdle isn’t any specific Big Ten opponent, since the Buckeyes have lapped the field in the conference, but the ability to schedule enough games. Based on the current standard set by the Big Ten, the Buckeyes need to play at least six games to be eligible for the conference championship.
But this much can be said after the second rankings: Barring scheduling snafus or an unexpected result, the top four today will be the top four on Dec. 20.
Here are the winners and losers from Tuesday night:
The Buckeyes’ greatest asset might be a lack of options. For now, even with just four games played, OSU is the best choice to round out the top four as a number of one-loss teams from the Power Five jockey for position. Whether No. 5 Texas A&M or No. 6 Florida deserves to be higher than OSU is worthy of debate. The Aggies have played seven games, the Gators eight. Both have a far greater strength of schedule — among other wins, A&M beat Florida and the Gators beat No. 8 Georgia.
And still the Buckeyes remain ahead, despite owning three wins (Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers) that should do nothing to move the needle with the committee. It paints a pretty clear picture: Ohio State is not going to be unseated from a place in the semifinals unless COVID-19 decimates what is left of the Buckeyes’ schedule.
The Big 12
First, Iowa State moved up four spots to No. 9 after beating Texas, even if that loss sent the Longhorns from No. 17 last week to out of the rankings entirely. Second, Oklahoma stayed at No. 11 after Saturday’s game against West Virginia was postponed due to COVID-19. (This feels like a correction of sorts by the committee, since the Cyclones topped the Sooners in early October and should’ve been ahead in the debut rankings.)
The College Football Playoff contenders are building up to December 19, when three conference championship games should determine the four-team field.
The second playoff rankings, which were released Tuesday night, had no change at the top after the Alabama Crimson Tide, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Clemson Tigers won in Week 13.
Each of those three teams are scheduled to play their final regular-season games on Saturday after the ACC made an adjustment to its league play.
To have some type of competitive balance, Clemson, Notre Dame and the Miami Hurricanes, who are third in the conference, will play nine ACC games each to be on a level playing field when it comes to ACC Championship Game eligibility.
The Ohio State Buckeyes remained at No. 4, but they sit in a more precarious situation than their title rivals from the SEC and ACC.
Ryan Day’s team needs to play both of its remaining Big Ten regular-season contests to be eligible for the Big Ten Championship Game.
With the new scheduling news out of the ACC, Ohio State would be the only Top Four team to enter its conference title game without a bye week. The Buckeyes are line in to play the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday and the Michigan Wolverines on December 12.
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Alabama appears to have an easy path to the playoff.
The Crimson Tide need to beat the LSU Tigers on Saturday and then defeat the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship Game to secure the No. 1 seed.
Nick Saban’s team rolled through a majority of its SEC opponents and has held its last three foes to a combined 16 points.
Where things get interesting with Alabama is if it loses by a close margin on December 19. The first two losers of Top Five clashes in 2020 only dropped two positions in the rankings, and Alabama may be hard to keep out in that scenario.
However, we may not reach that conversation since Alabama won its last six SEC Championship Game appearances and only one SEC East team has won the conference title game since 2008.
The small drops of Clemson after its loss to Notre Dame and the Georgia Bulldogs following their defeat to Alabama set a precedent for Notre Dame if it falls in the ACC Championship Game.
As the lone undefeated team in the ACC, Notre Dame clinched a spot in the December 19 game through the league’s rescheduling on Tuesday.
Notre Dame carries a win over third-ranked Clemson on its resume, but it will face a bit of different Tigers squad in Charlotte, North Carolina, in two weeks.
Trevor Lawrence is back under center following his absence caused by a positive COVID-19 test, and defensive stars Tyler Davis and James Skalski returned to the lineup.
If the two defenders are at full strength for the second meeting with Notre Dame, the Irish may have trouble moving the
Notre Dame remained No. 2 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings in the second release from the committee.
Notre Dame is coming off a 31-17 road victory over North Carolina, who ranked 19th in last week’s ranking. The Tar Heels actually moved up two spots to 17th after its loss to Notre Dame. That certainly helps Notre Dame’s resume should the Tar Heels continue to win.
Notre Dame has clinched a spot in the ACC Championship game, and if No. 3 Clemson beats Virginia Tech this weekend the Tigers will clinch their rematch against the Irish.
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The second edition of the 2020 College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled on Tuesday night. BYU dropped from #8 in the AP poll to #14 in the first CFP rankings, and the Cougars improved from #14 to #13 in the second edition of the CFP rankings. The Cougar’s original ranking surprised the ESPN analysts during the show and national analysts expressed their displeasure about BYU’s ranking throughout the week on twitter.
National analysts have already starting expressing their opinion about BYU’s #13 ranking like this one from Pat Forde:
The committee had the opportunity to re-think their original ranking for BYU, but the Cougars only moved passed Northwestern who lost to Michigan State last week.
These rankings will be updated each week and will ultimately determines which teams go to the College Football Playoff and which teams qualify for a New Year’s Six bowl. It’s important to remember that 2020 rankings are different than any rankings we’ve seen before – some of the ranked teams have only played three or four games while others have played nine games. Here is the second CFP top 25:
AP released another in-season AP top 25 on Sunday. Here is the new AP top 25:
BYU stayed at #8 in the coaches poll. The coaches poll has included the Big Ten and the PAC-12 the last few months. Here is the latest coaches poll:
BYU does not have a game schedule until December 12th. The Cougars are running out of time to schedule a game for this weekend, but they still have a few more days. With so many weeks of football remaining, I think it’s important for BYU to find another game.
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The College Football Playoff (CFP) committee announced their latest rankings Tuesday night, and the Alabama Crimson Tide remain atop the pack. The top seven remained the same, and Iowa State moved into the top 10 at No. 9.
The biggest mover in the ranking was Oklahoma State, which vaulted eight spots into the No. 15 position. The Cowboys are on pace to meet Iowa State for the Big 12 championship and an outside chance to make the football playoff.
Washington (3-0) entered the rankings this week at No. 22. Then there are the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (8-1), who defeated Iowa State in the opening week and were ranked in the AP Top 25 this season. The Cajuns entered the CFP rankings this week.
The rankings were announced Tuesday night. Here they are:
Notre Dame (9-0)
Ohio State (4-0)
Texas A&M (6-1)
Iowa State (7-2)
Oklahoma State (6-2)
North Carolina (6-3)
Coastal Carolina (9-0)
There were only two noticeable drops in this week’s rankings from the initial release. Oregon dropped eight spots to No. 23 after the Ducks lost to Oregon State, 41-38. Then there was Northwestern. The Wildcats dropped six spots to No. 14 after a road loss to Michigan State. USC dropped two spots to No. 20 despite a win.
The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 ranked team vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games—the Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Peach Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl Game.
This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Friday, January 1, 2021, at the Rose Bowl Game and the Sugar Bowl. The College Football Playoff National Championship will be Monday, January 11, 2021, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Last season’s NFL Super Bowl was played at Hard Rock Stadium.
Florida remained at No. 6 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings revealed Tuesday evening.
The top seven teams in the rankings stood pat this week with Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State among the top four spots.
The Gators (7-1) find themselves in an all-too-familiar spot behind Texas A&M as the Aggies continue their hold on the fifth spot.
Playoff chairman Gary Barta said Texas A&M remained ahead of Florida, in part, due to their head-to-head meeting. The Aggies upset the Gators, 41-38 on Oct. 10.
“When you go through all those criteria, at the end of the day I would say there was a lot of back and forth,” Barta said. “… At the end of the day, Texas A&M, with all those other criteria, Texas A&M did beat Florida. That ends up tipping it over to Texas A&M’s side.”
A&M drew some consideration among the playoff selection committee members for the No. 4 spot this week.
“We don’t ever go through and take an official vote. What I can tell you is there was discussion in the room about putting both Ohio State and Texas A&M in that fourth slot,” said Barta. “… Great discussion, but Ohio State came in at No. 4 and Texas A&M at No. 5.”
Notre Dame (9-0) remained at No. 2 with the Fighting Irish already have clinched a spot in the ACC Championship after the league announced it would evaluate the title contenders over nine conference games.
Clemson (8-1) was No. 3 with the Tigers looking to secure a spot in the ACC title game with a win over Virginia Tech this weekend.
Ohio State (4-0) retained the fourth spot this week despite having to cancel its game against Illinois Saturday due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in the program. The Buckeyes returned to the practice field Tuesday with the intent of playing Michigan State this weekend.
If Ohio State loses another game to a cancellation, the Buckeyes may not be eligible for the Big Ten Championship Game per the league’s minimum requirements.
“This year it’s fair to say there are additional challenges, there is a discrepancy sometimes between a team that plays eight or nine games, a team that’s played three or four games,” said Barta. “Frankly, it’s a problem. It’s a problem that is nobody’s fault. It was created by the pandemic.
“It is a challenge and a problem to evaluate a team that’s played three games and try to evaluate them side-by-side with a team that’s played nine games. We’re doing it, it is doable. But it clearly becomes one of the pieces of the puzzle, one of the evaluation criteria as we looked at it so far, I’m sure as we go forward.”
Cincinnati (8-0) stood pat at No. 7 after the Bearcats lost a game last week to COVID concerns.
Perhaps the biggest surprise this week was Iowa State (7-2) which moved up four spots after defeating Texas, 23-20 last Friday.