UCF moves ahead of Ohio State in College Football Playoff rankings

Ruben Hill
November 21, 2018

Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and MI were at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, marking the first time in the five-year history of the postseason system that the same teams held the first four spots for three straight weeks. A 20-point win over No. 5 Georgia is the most impressive in the country right now, and neither of their losses to No. 11 Florida or No. 1 Alabama are embarrassing on the surface, but at some point, the two losses need to mean something no matter who they're against.

The headliner, at least, is obvious: Ohio State is a rare underdog at home in Columbus, where MI will be looking for its first victory in The Game since 2011.

UCF was not in the top 10 in the final CFP rankings in 2017 after an undefeated regular season. "Obviously saw what Washington State did, putting up 55 points in the first half against Arizona".

Now, I've already made my feelings known about Oklahoma this week, but I don't have a problem with them being at No. 6; I think the Sooners would beat the teams behind them in the rankings more often than not.

A victory over Notre Dame might not save Clay Helton's job.

- Clemson (11-0) after the Tigers beat SC. Some might believe that an Irish loss to the Trojans still might not keep them out of a playoff spot, but none of the other contenders would have a loss this bad-except Washington State (remember, USC handed the Cougars their only defeat this season). 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.

The College Football Playoff National Championship Game is slated to be played on Monday, Jan. 7, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Ohio State remained at No. 10.

The Knights (10-0) moved a step closer to a possible spot in the two semifinal games with an emphatic win over Cincinnati in front of a nationally televised audience Saturday, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 23 games.

Georgia remained No. 5, followed by Oklahoma at sixth. Kentucky 16. Washington 17. The Rebels rank second nationally in passing and fifth in total offense, while Mississippi State is one of 33 teams that can't break the 200 passing yards a game threshold.

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