Michigan up to 4th in CFP behind Alabama, Clemson, ND


We had to wait a little longer than usual thanks to a college basketball game between Kansas and MI - scheduling the rankings show between the basketball games every season is sadistic - but the latest College Football Playoff Rankings are out, and you know what that means: I have thoughts on them. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on ESPN. 3 LSU was shut out 29-0 by Alabama. If they win outright, and one of the teams in front of them loses, Oklahoma might be able to sneak into the top four. Ohio State and Alabama both made the playoff at 11-1, without even playing for a league title the last two seasons. Following them, you have undefeated Notre Dame and a bunch of other one-loss teams.

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No. 18 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama.

Two weeks ago, the prospect of a rematch with a one-loss Texas in the Big 12 championship game appeared to be the best pathway the Sooners had of wrangling one of the coveted four Playoff spots and a hill that, with each passing week this late in the season, is getting steeper to climb.

The Irish finish with three winnable games, but no locks.

Notre Dame is now No. 3, with MI moving up to No. 4. So both teams have one loss, but West Virginia has the best win, the best loss, and it has played the more hard schedule.

OSU'S PATH: A 12-1 record, with a win over MI and a Big Ten championship, does not guarantee a spot in the playoff for Ohio State.

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That's especially true at the very top of the rankings with the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers leading the way.

All those ranked teams losing propelled a few teams to new heights in the Top 25. After sitting at No. 13 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, West Virginia jumped up to No. 9 after the win over the Longhorns.

- Washington State. Sure, Ed Orgeron vs. Mike Leach would be fun.

The Knights stayed at No. 12 after beating Temple 52-40 last week.

Oklahoma should be able to take care of business at home the next two weekends against in-state rival Oklahoma State and last-place Kansas, which leaves the showdown at West Virginia (7-1, 5-1) the day after Thanksgiving as the defining game of the Sooners' season. We're talking about a team that's 6-3, one that literally needed its athletic director to publicly go on the record Tuesday that they won't be firing their coach this season.

"Strong offense, struggling on defense", Mullens said.

If the Bulldogs get past Auburn, and they are 14-point favorites to win, they still have No. 1 Alabama in the SEC Conference Championship Game on December 1.