June 23, 2021

College Football Playoff rankings: Oklahoma jumps 2 spots to make playoffs; Ohio State, UCF out of top 4

first_imgIt doesn’t come as much surprise that Alabama is in the top spot, though the SEC championship was much closer than expected. The Crimson Tide claimed a 35-28 victory, coming back from a 14-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to top Georgia. Alabama faced adversity as they were left without starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who left the game early with ankle and foot injuries, forcing Jalen Hurts to step in and bring the team back from behind.Clemson, sitting in second and making its fourth straight playoff appearance, solidified its spot with a convincing 42-10 win over Pittsburgh. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed 12-of-24 passes for 118 yards to keep Clemson undefeated.  Related News As for the Big Ten, Ohio State fell out of the top four, though coach Urban Meyer repeatedly has said he believes the Buckeyes deserve a chance to make a run for the championship title. It’s certainly been an emotional year for Ohio as Meyer was suspended at the beginning of the season following allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith. The Buckeyes lost against Purdue, then had an emotional 63-39 win over rival Michigan and secured the Big Ten Championship with a 45-24 win over Northwestern.While UCF remains undefeated through 25 games, the Knights still are out of the top four.College Football Playoff Top Four1. Alabama 2. Clemson3. Notre Dame4. Oklahoma While the first three were expected and consistent with recent rankings, the Sooners jumped up two spots to make the playoffs. They are coming off a big win against Texas to win their fourth consecutive Big 12 title behind an impressive performance with quarterback Kyler Murray. A match between Heisman Trophy candidates Tagovailoa and Murray could make the playoffs interesting as the two face off in the Orange Bowl.Notre Dame will make their first appearance in the playoffs after an undefeated run in their 12 games. They are the third seed and will meet Clemson in the Cotton Bowl. After a thrilling weekend of college football championship games, the playoff teams are set with Alabama leading the pack. The College Football Playoff committee evaluated teams based off conference championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head competition, outcomes of common opponents and other relevant factors.  SEC championship game: 3 takeaways from No. 1 Alabama’s comeback win over No. 4 Georgiacenter_img Big Ten championship: 3 takeaways from No. 6 Ohio State’s win over No. 21 Northwestern College Football Playoff First Two Out5. Georgia6. Ohio State While Georgia had a strong strength of the schedule, the Bulldogs couldn’t compensate for its two losses. They fell against LSU by 20 points in a 36-16 loss on the road and against Alabama in the SEC title game, though they had a strong showing. Ohio State was left out for the second consecutive year after winning the Big Ten championship. The Buckeyes were clear leaders of the Big Ten, but they faced a 29-point deficit to Purdue and had several games that were closer than expected against less competitive teams.College Football Playoff Top 25 Rankings released Sunday, Dec. 2RankingTeamW-L No. 1Alabama13-0No. 2Clemson13-0No. 3Notre Dame12-0No. 4Oklahoma12-1No. 5Georgia11-2No. 6Ohio State12-1No. 7Michigan10-2No. 8UCF12-0No. 9Washington10-3No. 10Florida9-3No. 11LSU9-3No. 12Penn State9-3No. 13Washington State10-2No. 14Kentucky9-3No. 15Texas9-4No. 16West Virginia8-3No. 17Utah9-4No. 18Mississippi State8-4No. 19Texas A&M8-4No. 20Syracuse9-3No. 21Fresno State11-2No. 22Northwestern8-5No. 23Missouri8-4No. 24Iowa State8-4No. 25Boise State10-3last_img

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