In fact, the selection committee's entire top 10 stayed the same, the first time that has happened in the five seasons since the CFP was born.
If the playoff was held today, Alabama would face MI in a Cotton Bowl semifinal on December 29 while Clemson would play Notre Dame in an Orange Bowl semifinal on the same day. LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State rounded out the top 10. Big Ten West champion Northwestern came in at No. 22. Since the SEC champion, in this case No. 1 Alabama, is in a semifinal, the Sugar Bowl would get the next-highest ranked SEC team, No. 5 Georgia. LSU 8. Washington State 9.
Everyone can have their opinion on MI vs Alabama, it's only fair, but to believe that this team would get "boat raced" when they have the best defense to match up with Alabama, but think an 80th ranked defense would make head coach Nick Saban go "oh boy" and struggle is laughable.
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In the four-year history of the College Football Playoff, the four teams at the top of the rankings after three weeks have never all made it to the semifinals. Utah is not guaranteed to reach the Pac-12 title game. So that's at least 12.2 points, but if you add that to West Virginia's current score of 10.9, that's still only 23.1 points. Since No. 4 MI is the projected conference champion and already in a semifinal, the next highest-ranked Big Ten team would be No. 10 Ohio State.
1 p.m. ET: PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: No. 11 UCF vs. The fourth spot will most likely come down to a battle between the Michigan-Ohio State victor and the eventual Big 12 champion. Florida 14. Penn State 15.
Oklahoma would possibly put up a fight with Alabama, but to go from preaching a coach and his program to then flipping the switch weeks later (after winning big games and by double digits) and siding with a team that has struggled to take down Army, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Texas Tech and lost to Texas isn't right. With conference championships a big point of emphasis for the committee, Notre Dame would effectively be eliminated without an unblemished record.