Texas sneaks into top 15 in latest College Football Playoff rankings

Texas sneaks into top 15 in latest College Football Playoff rankings

Texas sneaks into top 15 in latest College Football Playoff rankings

There was shuffle beyond the top 10, with some losses dropping a few teams and knocking out others altogether.

I sincerely doubt it. Michigan's path to the playoff is to win out and hope for a loss by either Clemson, Notre Dame, or Georgia. They'd need Notre Dame to lose, Ohio State to beat MI and Oklahoma and West Virginia to beat each other.

My guess: the two SEC teams would be in, with Georgia at No. 1 and Alabama at No. 2.

The committee's top 10 remained the same - Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and Georgia were the top five. Put me down for Oklahoma at No. 3 and Ohio State at No. 4 as the committee falls back on the safety of conference crowns to inform their decision.

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Even UCF's move from No. 12, where it spent the past two weeks, to No. 11 was minuscule, but one-loss Cincinnati, which travels to UCF on Saturday, is now No. 24.

After the rankings were revealed, Kirk Herbstreit and the ESPN panel of college football experts broke down the action. The committee has already twice sent teams that did not reach their conference title games to the playoff. Since No. 4 MI is the projected conference champion and already in a semifinal, the next highest-ranked Big Ten team would be No. 10 Ohio State. The night slate features a couple of intriguing games, including Cincinnati at UCF, Arizona at Washington State, San Diego State-Fresno State and Iowa State at Texas. Herbstreit said Michigan's playoff chances will all come down to the Ohio State game. The Buckeyes have nice road victories against Penn State and Michigan State.

8 p.m. ET: College Football Playoff semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl: No. 3 Notre Dame vs. The game will be televised on SEC Network.

The Saturday schedule begins with Ohio State at Maryland, Arkansas-Mississippi State, Colorado-Utah, Northwestern-Minnesota and Michigan State at Nebraska in the first window.

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