MI moves into top four of College Football Playoff rankings

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches from the sideline during Ohio State’s loss to Purdue on Oct. 20 2018. More

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches from the sideline during Ohio State’s loss to Purdue on Oct. 20 2018. More

Could the SEC get two teams in that scenario? Yes.

Noon ET: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 11 Kentucky vs.

Number one will be Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 MI. The Fighting Irish are just ahead of MI based on a head-to-head matchup, won by Notre Dame 24-17.

As the calendar for the college football world turned to November last week, the teams still in the conversation for a spot in the College Football Playoff watched as we had our first rankings to show where the teams stand in the eyes of the "completely objective" committee tasked with picking the best SEC... In fact, we put the Irish in our poll at No. 7 behind Georgia, Oklahoma and West Virginia. Even one it beat.

Ohio State, preseason 1973-Sept. The good news for the Bulldogs is beating Alabama to win the SEC championship would nearly certainly make up for a second regular-season loss. Meanwhile, Penn State fell to #20 after getting their butts kicked by MI 42-7. So both teams have one loss, but West Virginia has the best win, the best loss, and it has played the more hard schedule. Georgia has got a little leeway when it faces Auburn and Georgia Tech.

The Cougars could finish as 12-1 champions of the weakest Power Five conference and no notable nonconference victories.

Utah fell out, leaving the Pac-12 with only two ranked teams, No. 10 Washington State and No. 20 Washington. West Virginia had a huge win at Texas and will move up.

No other Big Ten teams made the cut including the first place Northwestern Wildcats or the 6-3 Wisconsin Badgers who also beat Iowa earlier this season. The last time the Pac-12 had only two ranked teams was October 16, 2016. Boston College could be tricky this weekend, but Clemson is a heavy favorite and is likely to remain unbeaten. But that's a long way from certain considering the Buckeyes are the lowest ranked one-loss team.

Athletic director Danny White and the Knights fans certainly don't want to hear this, but another ideal season probably won't even get UCF seriously considered for a spot in the semifinal - unless things get really weird.

Mississippi State, Alabama's opponent this week, is ranked No. 16.

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