Blowing out both of your rivals in back-to-back weeks doesn't have quite the same effect on the College Football Playoff committee as it does with the home fans. While USC supporters are giddy following a 45-27 win over Notre Dame to cap off the regular season and continue an eight-game win streak, the Trojans only moved up one spot in the College Football Playoff rankings this week. Thanks to a loss by Louisville, the Trojans bumped up to No. 11.
USC sits one spot outside the top 10, but should move up at least one spot next week with No. 9 Oklahoma and No. 10 Oklahoma State set to meet this weekend. But the team USC really would like to pass is No. 8 Colorado since a Rose Bowl berth could be determined by which team is ranked higher.
The Buffaloes play No. 4 Washington this week. A Colorado win sends them to Pasadena while a Huskies win should keep Chris Petersen's team in the top four with an entry into the four-team playoff. That would take the Pac-12 champion from the Rose Bowl, opening up the door for the next highest ranked team from the conference.
Will Colorado slip? How many spots can USC gain will being idle? The next College Football Playoff rankings will determine.
The Huskies moved into the top four thanks to Ohio State's win over Michigan. The Wolverine slid to No. 5 pushing Clemson up to No. 3 with Washington behind them. Sitting behind Michigan are Wisconsin and Penn State, who will play this weekend for the Big 10 championship.
With Washington State's loss in the Apple Cup pushing them from the rankings, the Pac-12 is tied with both the ACC and the SEC with five ranked teams. Along with USC and the Pac-12 championship contenders, Stanford is up to No. 18 in the rankings, gaining six spots. The Cardinal leapfrogged Utah, who moved up two spots, but sit at No. 20.
Alabama remains at the top of the standings followed by Ohio State. LSU, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh all entered the rankings while Nebraska, Boise State and Washington State fell out of the top 25.
College Football Playoff Rankings
|2||Ohio State (11-1)||Big Ten||2|
|5||Michigan (10-2)||Big Ten||3|
|6||Wisconsin (10-2)||Big Ten||6|
|7||Penn State (10-2)||Big Ten||7|
|9||Oklahoma (9-2)||Big 12||8|
|10||Oklahoma State (9-2)||Big 12||10|
|12||Florida State (9-3)||ACC||14|
|16||West Virginia (9-2)||Big 12||18|
|17||Western Michigan (12-0)||MAC||21|
|23||Virginia Tech (9-3)||ACC||NR|
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