Nittany Lions Jump 6 Spots in New College Football Playoff Rankings

Texas sneaks into top 15 in latest College Football Playoff rankings

Top 10 teams unchanged in College Football Playoff rankings

No. 1 Alabama would face No. 4 MI in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic because the committee won't put the No. 1 seed at any geographic disadvantage, and while marginal, Tuscaloosa is slightly closer to Arlington than Miami, where No. 2 Clemson will face No. 3 Notre Dame in the other College Football Playoff semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl.

LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State stayed the course to round out the top 10. Northwestern winning the Big Ten wouldn't get them in the Playoff, but it would get them a Rose Bowl berth and shake-up the New Year's Six bowls.

My guess: the two SEC teams would be in, with Georgia at No. 1 and Alabama at No. 2.

The entire top 10 stayed exactly the same as last week for the committee's third official ranking, with No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 MI holding onto the top spots.

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The Big 12 and Pac-12 won't have an easy time making the College Football Playoff. The Knights and Bearcats (9-1) will face off at 8 Spectrum Stadium during a contest that will air nationally on ABC. Last year it was Alabama and the year before, Ohio State got there. Utah is not guaranteed to reach the Pac-12 title game.

In Ohio State's case, the body-of-work argument was strong enough to overcome being bumped from the Big Ten title chase by Penn State, a team the Buckeyes had lost to in a close game at Happy Valley. The fourth spot will most likely come down to a battle between the Michigan-Ohio State victor and the eventual Big 12 champion.

UCF is officially set to host a top 25 matchup in primetime Saturday, with Cincinnati moving up to No. 24 in the latest rankings. Undefeated Notre Dame would be in. The game will be played at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. and be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

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