College Football Playoff – Championship Week

College Football Playoff

Dec. 1, 2021

Michigan scored their most impressive victory of the Jim Harbaugh era with a strong win over rival Ohio State last week. The Wolverines upset the Buckeyes 42-27 at the Big House, that pushed them into the #2 spot of the new College Playoff rankings. The final rankings will determine which four teams will play in the two CFP semifinals on New Year’s Eve and will be released Sunday, Dec. 5 at noon on ESPN.

Unbeaten Georgia remained No. 1 for the fifth consecutive week, followed by Michigan, Alabama, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State and Notre Dame.

Michigan faces #13 Iowa this Saturday in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis. If they win they figure to play in a CFP semifinal at either the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic or Capital One Orange Bowl.

Georgia reached 12-0 for the first time since its last national championship season in 1980 with a 45-0 victory at Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Bulldogs play Alabama in Saturday’s SEC championship game in Atlanta. Georgia might get into the CFP even if it loses to the Crimson Tide because of its dominance this season. They may be the only club who could lose this week and still retain a position in the top four teams.

Undefeated Cincinnati plays Houston in the AAC Championship this Saturday and with a win they probably retain a position in the top four clubs. Both Oklahoma State and Notre Dame are one loss teams that need one of the top clubs to lose this week to move up a few positions to get into the magic four teams.

College Football Top Rankings

  1. Georgia, SEC (12-0)
  2. Michigan, Big Ten (11-1)
  3. Alabama, SEC (11-1)
  4. Cincinnati, AAC (12-0)
  5. Oklahoma State, Big 12 (11-1)
  6. Notre Dame, Independents (11-1)
  7. Ohio State, Big Ten (10-2)
  8. Ole Miss, SEC (10-2)
  9. Baylor, Big 12 (10-2)
  10. Oregon, Pac-12 (10-2
  11. Michigan State, Big Ten (10-2)
  12. BYU, Independents (10-2)
  13. Iowa, Big Ten (10-2)
  14. Oklahoma, Big 12 (10-2)
  15. Pitt, ACC (10-2)
  16. Wake Forest, ACC (10-2)
  17. Utah, Pac-12 (9-3
  18. N.C. State, ACC (9-3)
  19. San Diego State, MW (11-1)
  20. Clemson, ACC (9-3)
  21. Houston, AAC (11-1)
  22. Arkansas, SEC (8-4)
  23. Kentucky, SEC (9-3)
  24. Louisiana, Sun Belt (11-1)
  25. Texas A&M, SEC (8-4)

By Conference: SEC 6, ACC 4, Big Ten 4, Big 12 3, American Athletic 2, Independents 2, Pac-12 2, Mountain West 1, Sun Belt 1.

About the College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 ranked team vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game presented by the Capital One Venture X card. This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Friday, December 31, 2021, at the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl. The College Football Playoff National Championship will be Monday, January 10, 2022, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.