For the second consecutive week, Iowa makes the coveted top four in the National College Football Playoff Rankings selected by the committee. It is very important to make that top four (top four teams make the College Football Playoff) but the only poll that matters is the last one and we are inching closer and closer to that point.
The Hawkeyes used a 28-20 win over Nebraska to state their case to belong in the playoffs. A lot of upsets did happen but most occurred behind where the Hawkeyes were ranked. A team that is surging is Michigan State, Iowa's opponent in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis on Saturday. The Spartans claimed the number 5 spot in the rankings, making Saturday's showdown between the two clubs practically a playoff game in itself, with the winner moving on to play for a National Title.
The top three did not change, with it being Clemson, Alabama, and Oklahoma, in that order. The only one of that trio that seemingly has a playoff spot locked up already is Oklahoma. The Sooners are finished with their season and demolished a gauntlet at the end of the season that included TCU, Baylor, and Oklahoma State. Clemson will need to defeat North Carolina in the ACC Championship Game to advance to the playoff while Alabama will need to knock off Florida in the SEC Championship Game to make it.
The playoff picture is becoming clearer for many. It's always been clear for the Hawkeyes. Win, and you're in.