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College Football Playoff Updated Rankings
There was little surprise in the updated College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night. The four teams currently projected to play for the national championship; Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU are all a perfect 10-0. But, there are still several games left and a few head-to-head matchups that will go a long way to determining which four teams will remain standing.
Here’s a look at the CFP Rankings and some matchups that will clear up the playoff picture.
Georgia Is A Lock At No. 1
The Bulldogs have won another SEC East crown and sit at a perfect 10-0. While the defending national champions have plenty of star power still in the lineup, they haven’t played the toughest schedule this season. Other than wins over Oregon and Tennessee, the Bulldogs haven’t been tested too thoroughly.
Barring a monumental loss against Kentucky or Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs are likely to finish in the top four, even if they stumble in the SEC title game.
Ohio State And Michigan Will Battle For One Spot
The No. 2 Buckeyes and No. 3 Wolverines are set to meet next week, with a spot in the CFP likely on the line for the winner. Michigan snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Buckeyes last season by winning 42-27 in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines haven’t beaten Ohio State in Columbus since grabbing a 38-26 win in 2000.
Ohio State’s offense has been blowing away opponents as the Buckeyes rank second nationally in scoring at 46.8 points per game. The Buckeyes’ defense only allows 15.6 points per game, which ranks seventh nationally. Michigan has the top-scoring defense nationally, only allowing their opponents to score 11.1 points per game.
Horned Frogs Sit At No. 4
TCU seeing legendary coach Gary Patterson step down presented some uncertainty for a program he guided for over two decades. However, Horned Frogs Sonny Dukes got the train quickly back on track and has TCU at 10-0 and holding onto the last CFP spot. The Horned Frogs are locked into the Big 12 title game and should have favorable matchups ahead.
Contenders Lurk In Top 10
The two most pressing contenders to crash the party are No. 5 Tennessee and No. 6 LSU. The Tigers have lost two games, but have a path since they won the SEC West and could potentially beat Georgia in the SEC title game. The Volunteers smashed LSU earlier this season and have only lost to the Bulldogs.
Two other potential contenders to make the CFP are No. 7 USC and No. 9 Clemson. Both the Trojans and Tigers could finish the season with one loss and win their conference. Neither team is likely to hop ahead of anyone currently in the rankings without a few losses.
UNC Leads The Dark Horse
One team outside the top 10, and likely the only team, with a chance of crashing the party with some chaos, is UNC. The Tar Heels, coached by Mack Brown, have only lost one game and could collect another major win by upsetting Clemson in the ACC title game. UNC will need to win out to have a chance.
The Tar Heels are an excellent offensive team that hasn’t quite figured out how to stop their opponents.
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