University of Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens (the chairman of the CFP committee) and the rest of the committee has voted on the third edition of the top 25 playoff rankings. Where did everyone end up this week?
Oregon maintains the sixth spot after defeating Arizona last week.
The top ten:
2. Ohio State
8. Penn State
LSU keeps its top spot after largely handling Ole Miss while Ohio State let a putrid Rutgers team score 21 points and it failed to cover. The top seven teams remained the same. Penn State moves up to eighth while one loss Minnesota drops to tenth. Oklahoma continues to get punished for letting inferior teams hang around, the most recent being a 25 point comeback over now one loss Baylor.
One huge benefit for the Ducks is that USC, which was previously unranked, leaps up to 23 with a looming date against crosstown rival UCLA (12:30 PT ABC). It is their last game of the regular season. If USC can win, they will provide a boost to Oregon as the Ducks posted a 32 point blowout win over the Trojans and the Utes a blow due to their loss.
Of course, the biggest wild card is Alabama after Heisman contending QB Tua Tagovailoa was injured last week.
The biggest game with playoff implications this weekend is #8 Penn State vs. #2 Ohio State. #9 Oklahoma hosts an unranked but feisty TCU squad and given the Sooners’ struggles lately, it’s not a given win (5 PM PT FOX). Another game that bears watching for Ducks fans is #14 Baylor vs. Texas as #15 Auburn should handily defeat FCS Samford.
#18 Memphis is the highest ranked Group of Five team.