College football bowl projections Week 14: Utah, Oklahoma, Alabama in Playoff hunt
Sporting News' Week 13 bowl projections are in ahead of the second College Football Playoff rankings. Which one loss team is in?The Playoff picture saw some major changes after Oregon’s loss to Arizona State. That opens up a wide-open debate for the No. 4 final spot.
LSU now moves up to the top seed in the current CFP projection , replacing Alabama, which drops out altogether. The Tide are replaced in the projection by Oklahoma , which slots into the fourth There is no change in the Fiesta Bowl projection with second-seed Ohio State against third-seed Clemson .
Oklahoma 's loss at Kansas State as a 24-point favorite on Saturday means that it is now more likely that the College Football Playoff Selection Committee could Oklahoma , which held the No. 4 spot in my CFP projection entering Week 9, has dropped out and been replaced by LSU , which is now
There won't be much drama when the College Football Playoff pairings are released. The four teams in the field are pretty clear. Clemson will be in for the fifth consecutive year. It will be the third trip in a row for Oklahoma. Ohio State is back after a two-year absence. And LSU is in for the first time.
The lone drama is where the teams are seeded. The strength of its schedule andshould put LSU in the No. 1 spot and set up a matchup with No. 4 Oklahoma. Ohio State and Clemson will square off in the other semifinal.
Six scenarios for final College Football Playoff rankings, from chalk to chaos
Sporting News looks at all the possible scenarios for the College Football Playoff rankings heading into conference championship weekend.The top six teams in the AP Top 25 — No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Utah and No. 6 Oklahoma — have the best chances of cracking the field after Saturday's slate of conference championship games. No. 8 Baylor is the only other remaining team with one loss or fewer. Is there a chance that a two-loss team — don't make us say No.
Others receiving votes: SMU 50, Oklahoma State 36, Kansas State 36, UCF 6, Virginia Tech 6 Complete Rankings. Others receiving votes: SMU 65, Oklahoma State 40, Kansas State 24 Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was honored Wednesday as the Big Ten offensive player of the year.
Oklahoma would need to add neutral site wins against Ohio State and Clemson to its current 11-1 record to match LSU 's current Strength of Record. LSU 's star QB continues to break records and holds a big lead over Justin Fields in our latest rankings.
The New Year's Six has a little a bit of doubt. Did Wisconsin do enough to stay ahead of Penn State for the Rose Bowl? The Badgers entered the week two spots ahead of the Nittany Lions, who look to be headed to the Cotton Bowl. Georgia seems set for the Sugar Bowl by virtue of beating Florida in the regular season. The Gators slide up to the Orange Bowl against Virginia.
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And the Group of Five berth is in the hands of Memphis after the Tigers won consecutive games against Cincinnati. Sorry to Boise State and Appalachian State, which both had impressive campaigns but will be left out.
Ohio State stays No. 1, while Utah leads Oklahoma in College Football Playoff rankings
Ohio State continued is hold on the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff ahead of LSU. Utah leads Oklahoma for the critical No. 5 position.There was change below the top four, however. Utah moves up one place to fifth with Alabama's loss to Auburn. The Utes are followed closely by Oklahoma and Baylor. Wisconsin, Florida and Penn State round out the top 10.
Welcome to our first set of bowl projections . Remember, just five of the 12 teams in the first sets of CFP rankings have actually made the playoff. Much like the College Football Playoff rankings, these projections are going to change a lot throughout the month of November before the bowls are
Will Ohio State or LSU be No. 1? Jerry Palm breaks down the CFP and every bowl with his final projections .
A reminder: Some conferences may not fulfill their bowl allotment. Asterisks denote a replacement pick. Teams in bold have accepted berths.
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