TCU (10-0) maintained fourth place after going undefeated in their 17-10 away win over Texas. The Horned Frogs were up 17-3 before the Longhorns scored a scoop-and-score touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
As such, TCU has never really been challenged, much to the chagrin of Tennessee (9-1), who remain the top-ranked one-loss team in 5th place. The Vols will be Baylor fans this weekend when TCU must travel to Waco to face the Bears (6-4).
Ohio State and Michigan stayed 2 and 3, respectively. But the question of which of these two teams is best will be decided on the field Nov. 26 when they meet in Columbus, Ohio. Both are heavily favored this weekend, with the Wolverines (10-0) hosting Illinois (7-3) and the Buckeyes (10-0) hosting Maryland (6-4).
The thought among Vols loyalists is that as soon as one of the undefeated teams falls, their team jumps into the top 4. That will likely be the case, but they might as well be replaced after the conference championship games.
A Southern Cal win (9-1) would be particularly problematic for Tennessee. USC sits two spots behind the Vols at No. 7, and the committee would have to decide whether the Trojans should be elevated as Pac-12 champions over a Tennessee team that didn’t compete in its conference championship. Regardless of how many points the Vols score the rest of the way — they put 66 on Missouri in Knoxville last Saturday — South Carolina and Vanderbilt don’t allow them to make much more of an impact.
LSU’s task is the simplest: just win them all. The Tigers (8-2, 6-1) have UAB at home Saturday before ending the regular season on the road at Texas A&M (3-7, 1-6). They will take on No. 1 Georgia in the SEC championship game on December 3 in Atlanta. If you win there, LSU will put pressure on the committee to make it the first team with two losses in playoff history.
The thought is that a losing Bulldogs team would still be in it, provided they aren’t embarrassed at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. However, if the CFP selection committee were to crown a champion at this point, it would clearly be Georgia.
“The committee believes there has been a breakup with Georgia, but there are more games to play as we put the season’s tally behind us,” Corrigan said Tuesday. “If we look at these three teams (UGA, Ohio State and Michigan) and how balanced they are offensively and defensively, we found that Georgia is ahead of the other two.”
Alabama (8-2) moved up a spot to No. 8 after beating Ole Miss (8-2) on the road on Saturday. But with games remaining against Austin Peay and Auburn, the Crimson Tide has no realistic path back to the playoffs.
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