The LSU paid on Saturday for Alabama when they dropped out of the top 4 of the college football playoff. The teams continue to fight to become part of the quarter of semi-finalists competing for the national championship. In the second round of the CFP ranking, which was announced Tuesday night, Michigan took the coveted fourth place, Notre Dame rose to third place and West Virginia jumped four places in the top 10 on.
As expected, Alabama and Clemson held their positions in 1st and 2nd, respectively, after making light gains over the weekend. While the Crimson Tide beat the LSU 29-0, the Tigers beat Louisville 77-16.
With the LSU dropping from # 3 to # 7, Notre Dame and Michigan have risen not just one place, but also No. 5, Georgia, and No. 6, Oklahoma. Members of the ESPN panel who helped publish the updated rankings, including host Rece Davis and analysts Joey Galloway, Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack, were surprised to see that LSU has continued to ease.
CFP Selection Committee Chairman Rob Mullens said his group noted the defeat against Alabama, but also took into account the fact that the 7-2 tigers had the most wins over the top 25 teams, "Mullens said , and "she still felt [the Tigers] was a good team. "
Washington State ranks 8th, while mountaineers made a dramatic one-point win over Texas to move from 13th to 9th. The teams that vaulted West Virginia were Ohio State, ranked # 10, Kentucky, which dropped from # 9 to No. 11 and Central Florida, which was ranked # 12.
Other important risers were Syracuse (# 13 of # 19), N.C. State (# 14 of # 21) and Boston College (# 17 of # 22). Notable declines in schools included Florida (# 15 of # 11), Penn State (# 20 of # 14), and Iowa (# 21 of # 16).
Michigan State (# 18), Auburn (# 24) and Washington (# 25) entered the top 25 for the first time, while Utah, Texas A & M and Virginia dropped out. Here are the complete rankings:
1. Alabama (record: 9-0, movement: holds)
2. Clemson (9-0, holds)
3. Notre Dame (9-0, out of 4)
4. Michigan (8-1, opposite 5)
5. Georgia (8-1, opposite 6)
6. Oklahoma (8-1; out of 7)
7. LSU (7-2, less than 3)
8. Washington State (8-1; holds)
9. West Virginia (7-1, out of 13)
10. Ohio State (8-1, holds)
11. Kentucky big loss (7-2, less than 9)
12. UCF (8-0, holds)
Syracuse (7-2, from 19)
14th N.C. State (6-2, out of 21)
15. Florida (6-3, less than 11)
16. Mississippi State (6-3, versus 18)
17. Boston College (7-2, out of 22)
18th Michigan State (6-3; new)
19. Texas (6-3, less than 17)
20. Penn State (6-3, less than 14)
21. Iowa (6-3, less than 16)
22. Iowa State (5-3, vs. 24)
23. Fresno State (8-1; stops)
24. Auburn (6-3; new)
25. Washington (7-3; new)
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