Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
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MI moves into top four of College Football Playoff rankings

MI moves into top four of College Football Playoff rankings

4 spot following LSU's loss on Saturday, while Alabama and Clemson remained at No. 1 and 2, respectively. 4 - Michigan WolverinesOutside Looking In - Georgia Bulldogs and Oklahoma SoonersAaron Cabrera-Steele's PicksNo.

The playoff picture cleared up after a weekend where several contenders asserted themselves.

This is the second of six weekly rankings released by the selection committee, with the final rankings to be revealed on December 2.

To no surprise, the Alabama Crimson Tide has retained their No. 1 spot in the rankings after their shutout victory against LSU.

Following the Tigers' loss on Saturday night, Notre Dame jumped up to the No. 3 spot. The Buckeyes are the lowest-ranked one-loss team after beating Nebraska. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Facing a home game against a two-win Louisville team, the no. 2 Clemson Tigers proceeded to completely decimate the Cardinals in a 77-16 win.

#18 Michigan State plays #10 Ohio State this weekend.

Kirby Smart told reporters in his weekly press conference he couldn't care where his team is ranked at the moment. With a loss to ACC Atlantic rival Boston College on Saturday, Clemson would be at risk of being shut out of the conference title game.

The only intrigue was which teams would fill out the other spots. The loss of that game, should it have been a WVU win, might have been a difference in one or two slots in this week's rankings.

Finally, according to the Sagarin ratings, West Virginia has played the 45th most-difficult schedule 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.

The weather did the Mountaineers no favor by forcing the cancellation of West Virginia's game at North Carolina State in September.

The Sooners will be tested in its last game of the regular season when they face No. 9 West Virginia. This ranking coupled with the relative weakness of the Pac-12 means LSU could stay ahead of Washington State even if it wins out and takes the Pac-12.

No other Big Ten teams made the cut including the first place Northwestern Wildcats or the 6-3 Wisconsin Badgers who also beat Iowa earlier this season.

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