With Ohio State looming, MI still #4 in CFP

25 November, 2018, 12:00 | Author: Marlene Myers
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Rivalry week and the conference title games remain, but until then there's no reason for the committee to budge from their standing-Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and MI have separated themselves from the rest. But they lost three conference games and didn't even earn a major bowl bid. UCF moved ahead of West Virginia (which dropped to No. 13 after losing at Oklahoma State) and leapfrogged Ohio State. The undefeated Knights moved up two spots to No. 9 -the highest a Group of Five team has ever been ranked by the playoff committee.

Committee chair Rob Mullens said his group spent a lot of time discussing UCF vs. Ohio State after Urban Meyer's Buckeyes held on to beat Maryland in overtime. Only Clemson (6) has won more. Saturday starts off with MI going to play at Ohio State, picks up with LSU at Texas A&M in the evening, and finishes off with Utah State and Boise State as the nightcap. James Franklin's team moved up two spots from its previous season-high ranking of No. 14 in the poll after recovering from a season-low No. 21 after losing to MI in Ann Arbor.

No. 11 was Florida , which could help the Gators secure a New Year's Six bowl bid. Let's look at what has to happen for the Knights to make it in to the final foursome.

The victor of Ohio State-Michigan will play No. 20 Northwestern (7-4) the next weekend in Indianapolis in the Big Ten championship game.

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Notre Dame against USC.

UCF needs all these teams to win their conference titles and Alabama to win the Southeastern Conference at 13-0. The Tigers beat Georgia and have losses to No. 1 Alabama and No. 11 Florida.

Also that night, Washington State hosts No. 16 Washington (8-3) in the 112th Apple Cup.

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