Texas sneaks into top 15 in latest College Football Playoff rankings

Texas sneaks into top 15 in latest College Football Playoff rankings

As you can see, this big-bowl payday will likely come down to either the victor of the AAC or the victor of the MWC.

The two are in a first-place tie in the Big 12 and will meet in the season finale. The committee will be hoping one of them sweeps both games so they could potentially pluck a one-loss Big 12 champion.

Clemson has two wins over teams now ranked in the top 25 in No. 12 Syracuse and No. 20 Boston College. Undefeated Notre Dame would be in.

Punahou three-star linebacker Marist Liufau announced his commitment to Notre Dame Wednesday following his official visit this weekend where he picked up an offer from the Irish. However, there are plenty of games with intrigue or importance to the races within a conference or for a division title. Darkhorse Heisman-candidate Gardner Minshew and his Cougars would still need help from the other power conferences in order to reach the playoff, however. But even if that were to happen, Alabama could quickly redeem itself by beating Georgia to win the SEC on championship weekend. If Alabama loses, I can't see them dropping from No. 1 to No. 5. Assuming Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and Georgia win-out, and Alabama loses to Georgia in the SEC title game, there will be four spots for five deserving programs.

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I get Oklahoma is the number one offense in the country, but the best defense they have played this year was 13th ranked Army and they had to go to overtime with them to defeat them. However, the Cougars have virtually no chance to make the playoff. No. 7 LSU, No. 8 Washington State, No. 9 West Virginia and No. 10 Ohio State round out the top 10.

The other three Big Ten teams in the top-25 of the rankings were Ohio State at No. 10, Penn State at No. 14 and Northwestern at No. 22. An Alabama loss to Georgia would be unexpected but, it seems obvious what the committee would do.

Who gets in? We'll have to wait to find out. That's not almost enough to reach the top four, and even the Pac-12 Championship likely won't be against a Utah team ranked much higher than where it is now at No. 18.

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