Miami makes another leap in CFP rankings


Never in 22 previous College Football Playoff rankings across four seasons has a top 10 remained unchanged from one week to the next, but here goes a chance.

Alabama (SEC), Miami (ACC), Oklahoma (Big 12), Wisconsin (Big Ten), and USC (Pac-12) are the projected champions of the Power 5 conferences.

The 2017 College Football Playoff rankings will be issued six times this season, including Tuesday, Nov. 21. Its claim on the top spot in the playoff rankings hinges on its final game, a road contest against sixth-ranked Auburn.

5-10 consists of Wisconsin, Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Penn St.

When Clemson (10-1) was No. 2, it would have been easier for the selection committee to drop Miami from third to out of the playoff picture.

Clemson, meanwhile, beat The Citadel in Week 12 and was previously the team just behind No. 1 Alabama. The Tigers are in win-and-you're-in mode.

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Undefeated Wisconsin and two-loss Auburn remained at Nos. The victor plays Georgia next week in the SEC Championship game. Nick Saban's Tide, loaded with five-star recruits and future high draft picks, will always pass the eye test. Alabama's best wins now are against LSU and Mississippi State, both 8-3.

If nothing else, Miami now has a larger margin of error, which could be problematic for a team trying to come from back in the pack - such as No. 9 Ohio State. The Tigers finished 7-1 in the ACC and will face a Miami team in the ACC Championship game that has a 7-0 league mark prior to facing Pittsburgh this Friday afternoon.

The Badgers defeated MI, 24-10, on Saturday, and no teams in the top 12 lost over the weekend.

There are two more rankings left to be released, with one coming next Tuesday and the other following the conclusion of championship weekend on Sunday, December 3.

It doesn't make too much sense to me either.