Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Notre Dame, Michigan in Top 4

Notre Dame, Michigan in Top 4

Despite struggling with unranked Texas Tech last Saturday, the Sooners moved up in this week's edition of the College Football Playoff rankings. 3 LSU was shut out 29-0 by Alabama. We have a new top-four. MI has outscored all three 101-27, with just rival Ohio State left to complete the Wolverines' push for redemption.

UCF (8-0), with the nation's longest win streak at 21 games, remained unchanged at No. 12.

While both MI and Georgia have 3-1 records against ranked teams this season, the maize and blue have gotten their wins in the last three weeks and looked good against Penn State with their only loss being to the team ahead of them. At minimum, the Tigers should be ranked closer to Florida than to Alabama. Unless they turn it around, they could unquestionable drop their second game out of their last three. Notre Dame got them in the first game of the season, just at the right time. So both teams have one loss, but West Virginia has the best win, the best loss, and it has played the more hard schedule.

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The way the rankings stand now the Tigers would face Notre Dame in a semifinal with Alabama matching up against MI.

As the calendar for the college football world turned to November last week, the teams still in the conversation for a spot in the College Football Playoff watched as we had our first rankings to show where the teams stand in the eyes of the "completely objective" committee tasked with picking the best SEC...

Check back after three more regular season games and the SEC championship tilt with No. 1 Alabama for the final rankings that matter for the Bulldogs. Ohio State's playoff hopes took another hit, as the Buckeyes were leapfrogged by West Virginia. Ohio State could win out - beating Michigan State and Michigan along the way - and get in. During the past two games, Clemson has outscored its opponents 136-26 and should easily win out, setting up a possible playoff rematch against Alabama for the fourth consecutive season. Not only will that be a must win game for Oklahoma, but it also likely will set up a rematch of the same two teams the following weekend in Arlington, Texas, for the Big 12 championship and the conference's prime postseason bowl spot.

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