With Ohio State, LSU, Clemson and Georgia still leading Football Football's Playoff rankings, Alabama's loss to Auburn has opened up opportunities for Utah and Oklahoma to advance to fifth and sixth, respectively. This weekend's championship game.
Taking advantage of Minnesota's loss against Wisconsin, Baylor rose two places to seventh place when entering the Big 12 title game on Saturday before No. 6 Sooners.
"We have spent considerable time with (ranking teams) 4 to 7 and we understand where these people will be this week and we will be watching matches this weekend," said Rob Mullens, Chairman of the CFP selection committee, said Tuesday on ESPN. "There is a group of teams that are closely matched."
Mullens said the Georgia, Utah, Oklahoma and Baylor ratings – all 11-1 – were the focus of this week's discussion while completing the rankings.
"We have spent more time with the team than anyone else on the board," Mullens said. "That's right there to let you know that there is a lot of conversation between the committees in those teams."
Alabama – which will miss the play-off for the first time since its inception in 2014 after suffering its second defeat in the season in Saturday horror film in Auburn – fell to 12th place.
With Ohio State (56-27 on Michigan), LSU (50-7 on Texas A&M), Clemson (38-3 on South Carolina) and Georgia (52-7 on Georgia Tech) all won easily on Friday. Seven, the focus entered the third chart was frankly in Utah and Oklahoma, to see which one will emerge with fifth place.
. Utah Utes (t) Oklahoma Sooners (t) Baylor Bears