The top five teams in the Penseltime College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday remained unchanged, while Iowa State’s playoff hopes bolstered and Cincinnati delivered another setback.
Alabama continued to lead the rankings at No. 1, followed by No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Texas A&M. Notre Dame and Clemson are scheduled to meet for the second time this season in Saturday’s ACC Championship game.
Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide (10-0) faces No. 7 Florida in the SEC championship game, which fell just one place after a 37–34 loss to a home 3-5 LSU. Ohio State, which recently played on Dec. 5 and has played only five games this season, takes on No. 14 Northwestern for the Big Ten Championship.
Iowa State, which was undrafted this past weekend, moved up to 6th place to enter the Big 12 championship game against No. 6 Oklahoma. The Cyclones, the Gators and No. 8 Georgia all have two losses, but sit undefeated ahead of No. 9 Cincinnati (8-0), which has fallen one place each in the previous two rankings, while not playing at UCF since November 21 is. .
Byersett finally had a chance to impress the committee in the American Athletic Conference title game against No. 23 Tulsa, which reached one spot. But even a win could put him behind the Big 12 champion and possibly Texas A&M, which is scheduled to face undrafted Tennessee this week. Georgia sucks after canceling their game against Vanderbilt due to COVID-19 and other roster availability issues with the Commodores.
Neither Notre Dame nor Clemson played last weekend, but Notre Dame’s CFP opportunities improved after North Carolina threw Miami 62-26 on the road. The Tar Heels take two places to number 15, while Miami comes at number eight at number 18. Notre Dame defeated North Carolina 27–17 at Chapel Hill on 31 November. Even though the Fighting Irish lose to Clemson, their profile appears strong enough to remain in the top four.
Coastal Carolina (11–0) needed a late touchdown over Troy, becoming the first FBS team with 11 wins. The Chantlers reached number 12 as they entered the Sun Belt title game against 19 Louisiana.
USC (5-0) remains the highest-rated Pac-12 team at No. 13, advancing two places, but the Trojans lack a signature win after canceling a game with Colorado, Which dropped to number 25 to reach number one. Loss of season. Clay Helton’s team unranked Oregon on Friday in the Pac-12 championship game.
San Jose State makes its CFP ranking debut at number 24 after a 6–0 start, the team’s best since 1939. The Spartans will face the undrafted state in the Mountain West Championship game on Saturday in Las Vegas.
BYU and NC State are among the nine teams that ranked single at number 17 and 22 respectively in this week’s rankings.
The CFP selection committee on Sunday revealed its final rankings, including four semi-final teams.