January 29, 2023

The top seven places in the college football playoff rankings remain unchanged when Houston makes its debut

With just two weeks to go before the regular season, the third edition of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee rankings, released on Tuesday, had the slightest change, at least in the first place.

The top seven teams – Georgia, Alabama, Oregon, Ohio, Cincinnati, Michigan and Michigan – all won last weekend, leaving no change in the rankings from a week ago.

The first-ranked Bulldogs advanced to 10-0, winning 41-17 in Tennessee, setting a perfect 8-0 record in the SEC for the first time in school history. They are in contention to play the No. 2 Crimson tie at the December 4 SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. Alabama beat New Mexico 59-3 on home soil on Saturday.

As the committee gave more weight to Oregon’s 35-28 victory in the state of Ohio on Sept. 11, no. 3 ducks were present at one place more than the buckeyes.

“Head-to-head is definitely one of the criteria we use, and one of the things we evaluate,” said Gary Barta, Iowa Director of Athletics, who chairs the team. “In the case of Oregon, Oregon is finally playing terrible football; they won the other day against Washington State. Ohio State is playing some of the best offense in the country; True, this is how the vote came when the turnout was low this week. “

However, despite the Spartans beating the Wolverines 37-33 on October 30, Michigan is one place ahead of rival Michigan State.

“When we met with Michigan and the state of Michigan a week ago, the group talked about Michigan being a full-fledged group,” Barta said. “Since then, another game has been played. Michigan State was good against Maryland; Michigan came back from behind on State Road and won. Every week, 13 people repeat their vote. Oregon ahead of state. “

Undefeated Cincinnati, who are trying to make the playoffs as the first team in the five-man squad, finished 5th after a 45-28 win over South Florida on Friday night. Firegates may face one of the toughest challenges against SMU at home on Saturday (3:30 pm ET, ESPN and ESPN App).

“They were not defeated,” Barta said. “We talked a lot about a terrific win at Notre Dame, the hardest place to beat. And Notre Dame continues to win, so every week that win is going to be very interesting. Every week we talk about Cincinnati, the title of the table’s strength. , We can see that it’s a great football team, but the strength of the table makes it very difficult to assess. As the games progress, we will continue to watch it.

Cincinnati got some help, with Houston finishing 24th on the selection panel as the second AAC team. Mississippi State also returned to 25th place.

Notre Dame, who won 28-3 on the road in Virginia, no. Advanced to 8, followed by the number. 9 Oklahoma State and no. 10 Wake Forest.

According to research by ESPN Statistics & Information, no team has made it to the playoffs outside the top 10 this season; With 19 days left to reach the playoffs, they are ninth in the rankings (Michigan State in 2015, Oklahoma in 2019). In fact, 21 of the 28 teams in the top four in the group rankings released 19 days before the exam day reached the CFP. That includes everyone except one national champion (Ohio State was ranked sixth in 2014).

After a 27-14 defeat in Baylor on Saturday, Oklahoma dropped five places to 13th. Ole Miss Texas A&M 29-19. NC State slipped 4 places to 16th after falling 45-42. Wake Forest.

Wisconsin number. 15, Iowa no. 18, Pittsburgh, no. 19 San Diego State and no. The rebels advanced three places, with 22 in Arkansas.

Auburn and Purdue dropped out of the rankings after Saturday’s defeat.