We have a fresh new top 4 after Rivalry Week gave us some instant classic football games. “The Game” between OSU and Michigan was one of the best games I’ve ever seen. A double OT thriller ended with a 15 yard touchdown run from Ohio State running back Curtis Samuel after the OSU defense was able to hold the Wolverines to a field goal.
All of this came after OSU kicker knocked thru a 23-yard field goal with 0:01 left on the clock in regulation time. He was 0-2 in FGs in the game and had already missed an easy 17 yarder in the 4th quarter. Props to the kid for showing some resiliency. The teams matched TDs in the first OT, but the Buckeyes were able to pull thru with the 30-27 win in the second overtime. They won’t get to play for the Big 10 Championship game this week, but they have all but secured the #2 spot in the CFP Rankings.
#1 Alabama handled Auburn in the Iron Bowl 30-12. The game was close for a while, with Bama only holding a 13-9 lead at halftime, but the Tide defense turned it up and held Auburn to just 1 FG in the second half. Alabama QB Jalen Hurts was 27-36 with 272 yards, 2 Pass TDs, and 1 Rush TD. The Tide will face Florida in the SEC Championship game this weekend.
Clemson moved up to the #3 spot after demolishing South Carolina 56-7. They will have to hold off Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game to stay at their #3 spot.
Washington re-enters the CFP top 4 with Michigan losing. They won their Rivalry Game against #23 Washington State on Friday 45-17. The Huskies will have a really tough test to stay in the top 4, as they play #8 Colorado this weekend in the Pac 12 Championship.
Here’s a look at the full College Football Playoff Rankings for the week:
|RK||TEAM||REC||TREND||LAST WEEK||NEXT WEEK|
|1||Alabama||12-0||—||vs #13 Auburn W 30-12||12/3 vs #15 Florida|
|2||Ohio State||11-1||—||vs #3 Michigan W 30-27||—|
|3||Clemson||11-1||1||vs South Carolina W 56-7||12/3 vs #23 Virginia Tech|
|4||Washington||11-1||1||@ #23 Washington State W 45-17||12/2 vs #8 Colorado|
|5||Michigan||10-2||2||@ #2 Ohio State L 30-27||—|
|6||Wisconsin||10-2||—||vs Minnesota W 31-17||12/3 vs #7 Penn State|
|7||Penn State||10-2||—||vs Michigan State W 45-12||12/3 vs #6 Wisconsin|
|8||Colorado||10-2||1||vs #22 Utah W 27-22||12/2 vs #4 Washington|
|9||Oklahoma||9-2||1||—||12/3 vs #10 Oklahoma State|
|10||Oklahoma State||9-2||—||—||12/3 @ #9 Oklahoma|
|11||USC||9-3||1||vs Notre Dame W 45-27||—|
|12||Florida State||9-3||2||vs #15 Florida W 31-13||—|
|13||Louisville||9-3||2||vs Kentucky L 41-38||—|
|14||Auburn||8-4||1||@ #1 Alabama L 30-12||—|
|15||Florida||8-3||—||@ #14 Florida State L 31-13||12/3 vs #1 Alabama|
|16||West Virginia||9-2||2||@ Iowa State W 49-19||12/3 vs Baylor|
|17||Western Michigan||12-0||4||vs Toledo W 55-35||12/2 vs Ohio|
|18||Stanford||9-3||6||vs Rice W 41-17||—|
|19||Navy||9-2||6||@ SMU W 75-31||12/3 vs Temple|
|20||Utah||8-4||2||@ #9 Colorado L 27-22||—|
|21||LSU||7-4||NR||@ Texas A&M W 54-39||—|
|22||Tennessee||8-4||5||@ Vanderbilt L 45-34||—|
|23||Virginia Tech||9-3||NR||vs Virginia W 52-10||12/3 vs #3 Clemson|
|24||Houston||9-3||4||@ Memphis L 48-44||—|
|25||Pittsburgh||8-4||NR||vs Syracuse W 76-61||—|