Georgia surged to the No. 1 spot in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday. In the top four, Ohio State comes in at No. 2, Michigan at No. 3, and Florida State at No. 4, with Washington and Oregon just missing the cut at No. 5 and No. 6 respectively. All top four teams are currently 10-0, with Michigan and Ohio State set to clash in a Big Ten showdown on November 25.
Evaluating the committee’s rankings, senior CFB writer Nicole Auerbach, states that the committee was right in moving Georgia to the top spot given their impressive wins against Missouri and Ole Miss. However, Auerbach expresses surprise at Washington being ranked behind Florida State despite having a stronger resume. Auerbach finds it surprising that this hasn’t changed in any of the rankings throughout the season so far.
Despite being jaded about the rankings, Georgia’s rise to No. 1 is considered important for the team. The Bulldogs’ recent play has been impressive and demonstrates their ability to survive a loss down the stretch. This positioning could better withstand a potential loss in the future, especially with a tough schedule, setting the team up in a stronger position than it was two weeks ago.
Cameron Teague Robinson, the Ohio State beat writer, comments on Ohio State’s drop in the rankings, stating that although expected after Georgia’s significant win over Ole Miss, this change doesn’t diminish Ohio State’s position. Robinson emphasizes that Ohio State’s path to the College Football Playoff depends on its upcoming crucial matches.
As for Michigan, Austin Meek, the Michigan beat writer, highlights that Michigan’s victory over Penn State, the No. 12 team in this week’s rankings, solidifies their position and makes them a strong contender for the No. 1 spot if they can win their next two games.
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