College Football Playoff Week Three Prediction

Clemson returned to the top tier, and is now in No. 4.

When it was time to face the music for all of these teams, though, what did the selection committee ultimately decide?

But while Louisville has still been given a respectable ranking of No. 5, it is clear that the committee values Clemson's head-to-head win.

Alabama and Ohio State are holding down the first two spots but even though MI and Clemson loss they are still in the top four.

Oklahomais the highest-ranked Big 12 team at No. 9, and Coloradorounds out the top 10.

The committee could be faced with choosing an 11-2 Wisconsin or Penn State over an 11-1 Ohio State, which seems unlikely to reach the Big Ten championship game.

A Saturday full of upsets led to a reshuffling of the College Football Playoff rankings, with Ohio State being the biggest beneficiary.

Perhaps the surprise comes from those who are ranked No. 3 and 4. Staying above the fray was Alabama, which is still locked into the top spot, thanks to being one of just two remaining unbeaten teams in FBS. Auburn (7-3); December 3 vs. TBD in SEC championship game. But without a shot at the ACC title, will the committee be willing to give two spots to the ACC conference?

The two semifinal bowl locations this season are the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.

The Wolverines were able to remain in the top four, ahead of Louisville, for a simple a reason: MI has defeated No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 14 Colorado and No. 18 Penn State. Penn State, the only team to beat Ohio State, will clinch the East Division's berth in the title game with victories over Rutgers and Michigan State. The Jayhawks still lost their 19th straight Big 12 game and first-year Iowa State coach Matt Campbell got his first conference victory after a bunch of near misses. Penn State, 9. Oklahoma, 10.

These rankings are merely an appetizer for the Playoff Committee's weekly rankings, which come out Tuesday, but this poll should still serve as a solid predictor for fans wondering how far their team might rise or fall.

Games remaining: Saturday vs. IN (5-5); November 26 at Ohio State (9-1); potentially December 3 vs. TBD IN Big Ten championship game.

The big victor in the latest ranking is Clemson. Western Michigan 22. Washington State 23. There is not another path for the Wolverines. Clemson lost 43-42 to Pittsburgh at home on a last-second field goal.

Games remaining: Saturday at Wake Forest (6-4); November 26 vs. Clemson has a tough road game against Wake Forest followed by a home tilt against SC and then the ACC Championship Game.



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