Just days after Texas A&M’s questionable inclusion in the coveted fourth spot in the college football playoff rankings, the Aggies proved their doubters right by falling to unranked Mississippi State on Saturday. The Aggies are now ranked eighth in the rankings and probably blew their opportunity to make it into the playoff.
As a consequence of Texas A&M’s slip-up, the undefeated Washington has risen into the fourth spot. They join Alabama, Clemson and Michigan in the top four.
Despite Washington’s 9-0 record, Ohio State’s impeccable 62-3 beatdown of Nebraska already has the talking heads of ESPN debating whether fifth-ranked 8-1 Ohio State should be placed about the Huskies due to their comparatively more difficult schedule.
As a result of the blowout against Ohio State, Nebraska plunged nine spots to #19 this week. LSU, who lost a defensive struggle to top-ranked Alabama 10-0 to drop to 5-3 had an even bigger slide, falling from #13 to #24. But the biggest losers from the weekend were Florida and Baylor, who after being embarrassed by Arkansas and TCU, respectively, dropped completely out of the college football rankings.
Conversely, Arkansas moved into the top 25 in the final spot as a result of their big win over Florida. USC are the other new entrant in the rankings, taking the #20 spot after soundly defeating Oregon on Saturday. The Trojans take on Washington on Saturday in the only matchup this week between top 25 teams.
Check out the complete standings below. And remember, the only rankings that actually matter are the playoff committee’s final week rankings because these rankings are completely arbitrary.
Top 25 College Football Playoff Rankings
|RANK||TEAM||RECORD||CHANGE||LAST WEEK||NEXT WEEK|
|1||Alabama||9-0||—||@ #13 LSU W 10-0||11/12 vs Mississippi State|
|2||Clemson||9-0||—||vs Syracuse W 54-0||11/12 vs Pittsburgh|
|3||Michigan||9-0||—||vs Maryland W 59-3||11/12 @ Iowa|
|4||Washington||9-0||+1||@ California W 66-27||11/12 vs USC|
|5||Ohio State||8-1||+1||vs #10 Nebraska W 62-3||11/12 @ Maryland|
|6||Louisville||8-1||+1||@ Boston College W 52-7||11/12 vs Wake Forest|
|7||Wisconsin||7-2||+1||@ Northwestern W 21-7||11/12 vs Illinois|
|8||Texas A&M||7-2||-4||@ Mississippi State L 35-28||11/12 vs Ole Miss|
|9||Auburn||7-2||—||vs Vanderbilt W 23-16||11/12 @ Georgia|
|10||Penn State||7-2||+2||vs Iowa W 41-14||11/12 @ Indiana|
|11||Oklahoma||7-2||+3||@ Iowa State W 34-24||11/12 vs Baylor|
|12||Colorado||7-2||+3||vs UCLA W 20-10||11/12 @ Arizona|
|13||Oklahoma State||7-2||+5||@ Kansas State W 43-37||11/12 vs Texas Tech|
|14||Virginia Tech||7-2||+5||@ Duke W 24-21||11/12 vs Georgia Tech|
|15||Utah||7-2||+1||—||11/10 @ Arizona State|
|16||West Virginia||7-1||+4||vs Kansas W 48-21||11/12 @ Texas|
|17||North Carolina||7-2||+4||vs Georgia Tech W 48-20||11/10 @ Duke|
|18||Florida State||6-3||+4||@ NC State W 24-20||11/11 vs Boston College|
|19||Nebraska||7-2||-9||@ #6 Ohio State L 62-3||11/12 vs Minnesota|
|20||USC||6-3||NR||vs Oregon W 45-20||11/12 @ Washington|
|21||Western Michigan||9-0||+2||@ Ball State W 52-20||11/8 @ Kent State|
|22||Boise State||8-1||+2||vs San José State W 45-31||11/12 @ Hawai’i|
|23||Washington State||7-2||+2||vs Arizona W 69-7||11/12 vs California|
|24||LSU||5-3||-11||vs #1 Alabama L 10-0||11/12 @ Arkansas|
|25||Arkansas||6-3||NR||vs #11 Florida W 31-10||11/12 vs LSU|
Dropped out of rankings: Florida (11), Baylor (17)