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With the latest rankings released, how did the CFP committee do?



With the Conference Championships right around the corner, the College Football Playoff Committee released their penultimate rankings on Tuesday evening. What is the fallout from the Buckeyes' loss to the Wolverines? Have the remaining unbeaten's at the top of the rankings separated themselves enough from the one-loss teams heading into championship weekend? Let's dig in and find out.


Entering last weekend, the biggest game of rivalry weekend was the annual clash between the Ohio State Buckeyes, who were ranked number two in the country, and the third-ranked Michigan Wolverines. Also, Florida State had Tate Rodemaker start in their clash with their in-state rival Florida Gators after the injury to Jordan Travis. The one-loss group of Oregon, Texas, and Alabama looked to improve their standing with convincing wins against their rivals.



First place remained the same with Georgia taking care of business against Georgia Tech 31-23. While the result was not a surprise, the Bulldogs avoided the possibility of falling into a trap ahead of their clash against Alabama in the SEC Championship. For their part, they have gone 4-0 against ranked teams (when they played) and outscored their opponents 475 - 189. They got their signature win to date convincingly against the then ninth-ranked Ole Miss Rebels 52-17 for their 10th win of the season. Carson Beck has established himself as the next quarterback in Georgia's history. He shows that he can make all the throws needed to succeed at this level and in the NFL. All-world tight end Brock Bowers has continued his successful college career and Ladd McConkey and Daijun Edwards have made this offense excel. Verdict - Back to Back defending National champions have been convincing this season as they marched through their schedule.


Second place this week is Michigan after their win against Ohio State. Although this position would have changed regardless of the outcome, last week's third-ranked Wolverines got a strong win as they won against the then-second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes 30-24 in Ann Arbor. While Michigan has been dominant this season, outscoring their opponents 451 - 123 the win against the Buckeyes was only their second against a ranked opponent. JJ McCarthy and the Wolverines offense has kept their foot on the gas throughout the season while Junior Colson and Mike Sainristil have led the defense to be one of the stingiest in the NCAA this season. A win in the Big 10 Championship Game against the 16th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will help with their positioning in the final rankings. Verdict - Deserving of the second spot. While they have had their share of issues off the field, the product on the field has been dominant. While their win versus the Buckeyes helps them, their lack of quality opponents keeps them at number two.


Third place this week as a result of the Buckeyes a change was inevitable. The Washington Huskies move up one spot to number three in the rankings. Similar to the Bulldogs, the Huskies are 4-0 against their ranked opponents and have outscored their opponents 456 - 276. Heisman frontrunner Michael Penix Jr. has the offense running on all cylinders with the help of Rome Odunze and Dillon Johnson. The Huskies finished the season with a win in the Apple Cup against Washington State. Wins against then-ranked number 20 USC and their first match-up against Oregon are their signature wins. Verdict - Deserving of the third sport in the CFP. They have played and won against one of the tougher schedules in the country.


Fourth place in this week's rankings belongs to the Seminoles of Florida State. Their showdown in the Sunshine State against the Florida Gators is always a tough battle regardless of the records, this one was equally tough as the first game the Seminoles played with Tate Rodemaker as the quarterback after the injury to Jordan Travis the previous week. While many have critiqued the ACC and perceived the conference as "soft", the ACC did get 11 of 14 members to become bowl-eligible (best in the country) so perhaps it is more quality than they get credit for. The Seminoles have their signature win against then-fifth-ranked LSU to open the season and are 2-0 against ranked opponents. The ACC Championship against 15th-ranked Louisville will help strengthen their case for the playoffs and silence the critics that the Seminoles have. Verdict - Deserving of the fourth spot in the rankings. While Jordan Travis led the team for the bulk of the season



Honorable mention - Oregon is playing some solid football with a high-scoring offense and the seventh-best defense in the country (15.9 points allowed per game). The Ducks control their own destiny, a head-to-head rematch against a third-ranked Huskies team will catapult them into the playoffs.


Here is looking forward to seeing how the season ends and the CFP Committee results.

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