UCF moved up one spot to No. 11 and remained the highest-ranked team from outside the Power Five conferences. The chances are slim Auburn beats 'Bama at home. However, Georgia still controls its own fate as it will face Alabama in the SEC Championship Game on December 1 in Atlanta.
"We saw their game against Navy in the win and obviously the offense continues to perform, McKenzie Milton is a special talent but strength of schedule continues to be part of the discussion for the committee and that's why they moved up to No. 11", Playoff chair Rob Mullens said of the Knights.
Despite a 1-3 start in conference play, the Sun Devils have roared back into contention in the Pac-12 South in their first year under coach Herm Edwards thanks to three straight wins. The committee has already twice sent teams that did not reach their conference title games to the playoff.
Kirk Herbstreit on Ohio State ... ouch.
The SEC has six teams represented in the rankings, including Alabama, Georgia, LSU, No. 13 Florida, No. 17 Kentucky and No. 21 Mississippi State. Notre Dame was in the committee's top four for two weeks in both 2015 and 2017 before ultimately falling out. Penn State - 7-3 15. And with No. 1 Alabama getting facing the Citadel, an FCS school, that means No. 3 Notre Dame is the top team feeling the most heat this weekend. Add Michigan and Northwestern in the Big Ten championship game to that resume, and suddenly a season of struggles in Columbus, Ohio, won't look so bad at all. LSU 8. Washington State 9. As of Tuesday, Las Vegas oddsmakers have Notre Dame favored by 9.5 points over Syracuse in this weekend's matchup. A win over the Orange could give the Irish three wins over current teams ranked in the committee's top 25. MI - 9-1 5.
The model projects that Ohio State will keep rolling this week against a Maryland squad that has lost three of its past four. And if Notre Dame's loss is to USC, it could put a spotlight on Washington State's poorly officiated loss to the Trojans back in September by virtue of comparing common opponents.