Nittany Lions No. 12 In Latest College Football Playoff Rankings

Ruben Holloway
November 25, 2018

That's probably because there are more undefeated or one-loss contenders at this point in the season than there have been in any of the previous four years of the playoff.

The top three teams are unchanged with Alabama ranked first followed by Clemson and Notre Dame. The selection committee had it easy!

The Knights weren't the only Group of 5 team to earn a spot into the playoff rankings Tuesday, with Utah State (21) and Boise State (23).

Here are those final eight: No. 1 Alabama (11-0), No. 2 Clemson (11-0), No. 3 Notre Dame (11-0), No. 4 MI (10-1), No. 5 Georgia (10-1), No. 6 Oklahoma (10-1), No. 7 Washington State (10-1) and No. 10 Ohio State (10-1).

The biggest week of the college football season happens to be during Thanksgiving, and for that there is much to be thankful for.

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The Buckeyes helped neither themselves nor the Wolverines by needing overtime Saturday to defeat Maryland (5-6).

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And yet, salvation may await. The night window includes South Carolina-Clemson, Kentucky-Louisville, LSU-Texas A&M and Notre Dame-USC.

It would be unlikely in a normal year, but this is not a normal year.

Alabama will enter Saturday's Iron Bowl as the No. 1 team in the nation.

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Clemson welcomes SC (6-4) to the Upstate a week after demolishing Duke, 35-6.

And Georgia will host Georgia Tech (7-4). Those four teams - all heavily favored to win - will be extremely well-positioned for the playoff if they do win. Notre Dame 4. MI 5.

UCF needs all these teams to win their conference titles and Alabama to win the Southeastern Conference at 13-0. West Virginia dropped to No. 13 behind Florida and Penn State after losing to Oklahoma State.

The College Football Playoff National Championship Game is slated to be played on Monday, Jan. 7, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Saturday starts off with MI going to play at Ohio State, picks up with LSU at Texas A&M in the evening, and finishes off with Utah State and Boise State as the nightcap.

So whom does the committee leave out? Upsets are sweeter and sting more in rivalry games, and you may want to look at some of the recent weeks results from other rivalry games to keep your own emotions and cash in check if you feel like betting on mostly big favorites and stronger teams.

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