UCF moved up one spot to No. 11 and remained the highest-ranked team from outside the Power Five conferences.
This could lead to the most controversial call in CFP history. With the top four programs all winning this weekend, there is no change at the top. With Tua Tagovailoa under center, the Crimson Tide offense is playing at a level we've never seen. Last year it was Alabama and the year before, Ohio State got there. The committee has already twice sent teams that did not reach their conference title games to the playoff.
No. 4 MI and No. 10 Ohio State are the only Big Ten teams ranked ahead of Penn State and the only Nittany Lion opponents this season to appear in the poll.
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UCF is officially set to host a top 25 matchup in primetime Saturday, with Cincinnati moving up to No. 24 in the latest rankings.
The Irish remain behind both Alabama and Clemson - the top two teams for the third-straight week - with MI rounding out the top four now in the playoff if the season ended today. NC State fell from No. 14 to unranked after losing at home to Wake Forest and No. 16 Mississippi State dropped to No. 21 after getting shut out by Alabama. But there is also little doubt Alabama would be favored on a neutral field against any team in the country. Herbstreit said Michigan's playoff chances will all come down to the Ohio State game. The Buckeyes have nice road victories against Penn State and Michigan State. Mississippi State 22. Northwestern 23. Notre Dame is coming off an easy 42-13 win over Florida State last Saturday and the Irish have yet to lose a game this season.
"If being 9-1 is disarray, then we'll define it what it is", head coach Lincoln Riley said. And if Notre Dame's loss is to USC, it could put a spotlight on Washington State's poorly officiated loss to the Trojans back in September by virtue of comparing common opponents. The Knights and Bearcats (9-1) will face off at 8 p.m.at Spectrum Stadium during a contest that will air nationally on ABC.