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Nittany Lions No. 12 In Latest College Football Playoff Rankings

Nittany Lions No. 12 In Latest College Football Playoff Rankings

The remaining rankings speak to how highly the committee regards the SEC among all other conferences, as three-and-four-loss teams like Florida and Mississippi State find themselves in the top-20, somehow. If the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes and finish with just one loss - at Notre Dame back in September - could the committee leave them out of the playoff? The Knights jumped over Ohio State for the No. 9 spot - becoming the first Group of Five team to sit inside the top-10.

Washington State should be ahead of LSU. If either Utah State or Boise State wins in impressive and dominating fashion, the committee will definitely take notice and move them up accordingly. UCF moved ahead of West Virginia (which dropped to No. 13 after losing at Oklahoma State) and leapfrogged Ohio State. ACC Coastal champion Pitt makes an appearance in the rankings at No. 24 after clinching the division on Saturday.

On Dec. 1 the Knights will host the American Athletic Conference Championship game at home, playing either Memphis or Houston.

Here are those final eight: No. 1 Alabama (11-0), No. 2 Clemson (11-0), No. 3 Notre Dame (11-0), No. 4 MI (10-1), No. 5 Georgia (10-1), No. 6 Oklahoma (10-1), No. 7 Washington State (10-1) and No. 10 Ohio State (10-1). Would the committee hold a loss against either team, particularly with Georgia's sole defeat to this point having come on the road at No. 7 LSU (9-2)? If the Gators hold that spot, they will likely earn an at-large appearance in one of the major bowl games, probably the Peach Bowl on December 29 or the Fiesta Bowl on January 1.

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Notre Dame's 11 opponents have a combined record of 64-55 and the Irish are tied with Alabama and Georgia for the most wins over Power 5 opponents with a winning record with five.

It starts Friday night as Oklahoma faces still-formidable West Virginia on the road.

And then Saturday brings Michigan-Ohio State.

The victor of Utah State and Boise State.

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