Ohio State jumped to the No. 2 spot from No. 5, MI remained at No. 3 despite losing to Iowa, and Clemson fell only one spot to No. 4 after losing to Pittsburgh. According to the podcast Pardon My Take, this Saturday was the first time the number two, three and four ranked teams in college football lost in the same week since 1985.
The Cowboys' six-game winning streak leaves them with a Big 12 championship and possible playoff spot in play with just two weeks left in the regular season with games against TCU and No. 9 Oklahoma.
Ohio State jumped from No. 5 to No. 2, the biggest change in the selection committee's latest rankings, announced Tuesday night. "When you look at the small separation between teams 2-6, when you look at No. 4 Clemson and No. 5 Louisville, Clemson has three wins against CFP top 25 teams versus one for Louisville at this point".
After debuting at No. 20 in last week's rankings, USC climbed seven places up the ladder to sit at No. 13 following their 26-13 triumph over then-No. "Oklahoma State's record is 8-2; at the same time, the Selection Committee is aware of what transpired in that football game". That sounds pretty good, but would it be enough to beat out a two-loss team from the Big Ten that doesn't win that conference's championship?
Louisville has the biggest argument against the most recent poll since they were unable to move past MI and Clemson despite their losses last weekend. Name recognition may have something to do with Boise State jumping WMU but also the advanced numbers favor Boise State over Western Michigan.More news: Hamilton wins in rain, forces title showdown with Rosberg
The same level of uncertainty does not exist with the future of the Big 12 or the Pac-12.
With all the chaos from Saturday, only one new team entered out top four...
Auburn (15), Tennessee (19), Florida (23) and Texas A&M (25) are the other ranked SEC teams. According to the oddsmakers, the Cardinals would be favored against every team in the country not named Alabama or Ohio State if they played right now.
No. 2 Ohio State stands a great chance, if it wins its last two games, of being the first non-conference champion selected.
Boise State would likely need to lose a game for Western to move up, so it may not be enough for Western to simply win out. He and the Lions won two years ago there, 14-10, and the Lions hold a 24-2 all-time advantage in the series. Oklahoma State is No. 12 and will get a shot at rival Oklahoma on the final weekend.