There have been no adjustments to the highest 5 within the Faculty Soccer Playoff choice committee’s third rating on Tuesday evening, with No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 TCU holding regular because the nation’s solely remaining undefeated groups, adopted by No. 5 Tennessee.
After a 66-24 thumping of unranked Missouri, the Vols remained the committee’s highest-ranked one-loss crew, holding them in competition for the playoff with out profitable their division. Georgia clinched the SEC East and can face No. 6 LSU, the highest-ranked two-loss crew, within the SEC championship sport. If LSU wins its convention, it might make historical past as the primary two-loss crew to succeed in the CFP.
Tennessee might turn out to be the fifth crew to make the CFP with out profitable a convention title, and the third to not win its division, together with 2016 Ohio State and 2017 Alabama. The SEC has had a number of groups make the CFP twice — together with final season when Georgia beat Alabama to win the nationwide title.
With out a convention championship, the Vols will face higher scrutiny by the choice committee and will probably be banking on spectacular wins in opposition to Alabama and LSU to win a debate in opposition to a Energy 5 convention champion.
USC (9-1) is now the Pac-12’s highest-ranked crew at No. 7 after Oregon misplaced on Saturday to Washington, dropping the two-loss Geese to No. 12. The Pac-12 has six groups ranked within the CFP Prime 25 with the addition of No. 23 Oregon State, together with two within the prime 10 (USC and No. 10 Utah).
USC can clinch a spot within the convention title sport on Saturday with a win at UCLA, and Oregon will face Utah in one other sport that may assist decide Pac-12 championship individuals.
TCU clinched a berth within the Large 12 championship sport with its 17-10 win at Texas, however the four-loss Longhorns tumbled from No. 18 out of the CFP Prime 25 this week. It helped the Horned Frogs that No. 22 Oklahoma State popped again into the rating this week, giving TCU a second win in opposition to a ranked opponent, together with No. 15 Kansas State.
There are three extra rankings, together with the discharge of the ultimate Prime 25 on the Dec. 4 Choice Day. No crew has been ranked outdoors the committee’s prime 10 at this level within the season and nonetheless made the CFP. The bottom was Michigan State in 2015 and Oklahoma in 2019, when each had been ranked ninth.
Two-loss Alabama is No. 8 this week, forward of one-loss No. 9 Clemson, which is able to play No. 13 North Carolina within the ACC championship.
Following its 38-31 win at Tulane, No. 20 UCF is the Group of 5 chief to earn a bid to a New 12 months’s Six bowl because the highest-ranked convention champion, adopted by No. 21 Tulane.