College Football Playoff rankings: Iowa State jumps to No. 9 in playoff rankings, OU stays 11th
Iowa State’s 24-21 victory over Texas on Thanksgiving Friday jumped the Cyclones ahead of OU in the College Football Playoff committee rankings released Tuesday night. Iowa State rose from 13th to ninth, while the Sooners remained No. 11, after their game at West Virginia was postponed by COVID-19 testing protocols.
But that’s not necessarily a bad thing for OU. If the Sooners reach the Big 12 Championship Game against the Cyclones, that would provide each of those two-loss teams a quality opponent to make one final statement for playoff inclusion.
In the six years since the playoff’s advent, no two-loss team has been included. It’s still a longshot for either OU or Iowa State to make it in, but the path is not totally barred.
Oklahoma State made a big jump from the initial rankings last week, going from 23rd to 15th after a 50-44 victory over Texas Tech. That gives the Big 12 three teams in the top 15, a decent representation from a conference that has been beleaguered much of the season.
The top seven teams remained the same from last week’s initial rankings: 8-0 Alabama, 9-0 Notre Dame, 8-1 Clemson, 4-0 Ohio State, 6-1 Texas A&M, 6-1 Florida and 8-0 Cincinnati.
Georgia moved up to No. 8, replacing Northwestern, which lost to Michigan State and fell to 14th. Miami remained No. 10.
Among other notable rankings, 9-0 Brigham Young rose from 14th to 13th, 6-3 North Carolina rose from 19th to 17th despite a 31-17 loss to Notre Dame and the Pac-12 had no teams ranked in the top 19 -- 3-0 Southern Cal is 20th, 3-0 Washington is 22nd and 3-1 Oregon is 23rd.
Tulsa, 5-1, rose from 25th to 24th. The Golden Hurricane’s game at Houston was canceled by pandemic protocols.
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1. Alabama 8-0
2. Notre Dame 9-0
3. Clemson 8-1
4. Ohio State 4-0
5. Texas A&M 6-1
6. Florida 6-1
7. Cincinnati 8-0
8. Georgia 6-2
9. Iowa State 7-2
10. Miami 7-1
11. Oklahoma 6-2
12. Indiana 5-1
13. Brigham Young 9-0
14. Northwestern 5-1
15. Oklahoma State 6-2
16. Wisconsin 2-1
17. North Carolina 6-3
18. Coastal 9-0
19. Iowa 4-2
20. Southern Cal 3-0
21. Marshall 7-0
22. Washington 3-0
23. Oregon 3-1
24. Tulsa 5-1
25. Louisiana-Lafayette 5-1