Since Michigan and Ohio State will play each other this month, there is little chance that the rankings will remain static at the end of the season.
Another tough matchup next week will be when Louisville travels to Houston to take on the 8-2 Cougars, who knocked off Oklahoma week 1 of the season. There is point of view that says the Cardinals, with Heisman favorite Lamar Jackson at quarterback, now are a better team than Clemson, which beat Louisville 42-36 on October 1. As you look at Clemson, they have three wins against CFP current top-25 wins as well as a head-to-head over Louisville.
When it was time to face the music for all of these teams, though, what did the selection committee ultimately decide?
Louisville and Washington fill in the fifth and sixth spots respectively. They are one of four Big Ten teams in the top eight. Wisconsin (8-2) and Penn State (8-2) could be two-loss champions.
There are other scenarios that could actually clear up the picture a bit, such as a second loss for Washington (although then a two-loss Colorado could become a player in the playoff hunt) or a third loss for Oklahoma (in which case Oklahoma State could start to have a case as a two-loss Big 12 champ). Washington is still very much in play, and the likelihood of the committee showing love to a 2-loss Big Ten champion (Penn State/Wisconsin) is very real.
A wild weekend that saw three of the top four teams fall led to some major changes in this week's College Football Playoff rankings. We'll find out Tuesday night, when new playoff rankings come out.
Last week: Beat Mississippi State 51-3. Southern Cal 7-3 584 NR 16.
That ultimately could raise an interesting question for the selection committee, which would have to decide whether to put a team in the playoff that didn't play for its conference title. The National Championship game will be played in Tampa, Florida on January 9, 2017. The Buckeyes have registered back-to-back 62-3 victories at home against Nebraska and on the road at Maryland. And you'd have to think the Buckeyes still get in a semifinal game with this scenario; there's a reasonable chance the Big Ten sends multiple teams to the College Football Playoff, and MI might not be one of them. The Buckeyes must win their final two games.
The Big Ten East Division may no longer be decided by the Ohio State-Michigan game in Columbus next week, as had been expected. They could easily get back into the top four if they win out and win the conference, but things certainly just got harder. Boise State (9-1) 21. Jim Harbaugh's squad fell to Iowa 14-13 this past weekend. Name recognition may have something to do with Boise State jumping WMU but also the advanced numbers favor Boise State over Western Michigan. There is not another path for the Wolverines. Clemson is better in terms of resume and everything else and should be at No. 4. Troy's lone loss this year is to Clemson.