MI added to top four in rankings

The CFB Live crew discusses if Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will return to the Buckeyes next season

The CFB Live crew discusses if Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will return to the Buckeyes next season

If the season ended Tuesday, Alabama and MI would meet in the Cotton Bowl, and Clemson and Notre Dame would play in the Orange Bowl. Alabama hosts Auburn on November 24. MI has outscored all three 101-27, with just rival Ohio State left to complete the Wolverines' push for redemption.

Unbeaten Notre Dame moved up one spot to No. 3, and MI jumped a spot after a 42-7 victory against Penn State. Last season after Week 10, there were three teams in the Top 25 that had lost three games.

But if Georgia beats Alabama in the SEC playoff game, and Ohio State beats MI, there may be some changes.

Northwestern's Clayton Thorson, left, tries to break a tackle by Notre Dame's Te'von Coney during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Evanston, Ill. Winning out, including at Ohio State, puts Jim Harbaugh's team at 12-1 with a Big Ten title.

We think it is a rebuttable presumption and MI should be ranked ahead of Notre Dame. In terms of just how teams are playing right now, MI might be right behind Alabama and Clemson.

Listen, I know that when it comes to the bottom of the rankings, it's hard to find worthy teams, but it's much more difficult to look at this Auburn team and deem it as one of the 25 best in the country.

Alabama and Georgia, who played in last year's College Football Playoff Championship in Atlanta, are headed for a rematch at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1 in the SEC title game.

Simple: Win out, get in. Oklahoma is No. 6 followed by LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State. If one of them wins the Big 12 with one loss, OSU's chances at making the playoff are diminished significantly. The Tigers slid to No. 7 after getting shut out by No. 1 Alabama in Baton Rouge last week.

Let's say that would happen and one-loss West Virginia beats Oklahoma on the final weekend of the regular season.

The only other Pac-12 team to appear in last week's rankings was Utah, which dropped out after a 38-20 loss to Arizona State on Saturday. Remember years ago when Notre Dame beat Florida State in the regular season but then lost to Boston College and fell behind the Seminoles for the national championship in the polls?

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