Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

MI is in the playoff - for now

MI is in the playoff - for now

The top 10 shook out like this: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 LSU, No. 8 Washington State, No. 9 West Virginia and No. 10 Ohio State.

After their win in Lexington on Saturday, the Georgia Bulldogs jumped to No. 5 in the playoff rankings.

The playoff picture cleared up after a weekend where several contenders asserted themselves. The Tigers stayed ahead of Washington State despite a 7-2 record to Washington State's 8-1 record.

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Despite one of the most impressive performances of the weekend, WVU moved up just four spots in Tuesday evening's rankings.

Also, Michigan State went from unranked to No. 18 after beating a Maryland team that is a mess and is just 5-4. The following week they host Kansas, who is 3-6, and lost to teams such as Nicholls State and Iowa State. The 3 p.m. contest will be televised by CBS. You could argue that as far as wins are concerned, there might not be a team with a better set of wins in the country.

With four weeks left in the season, nine of the top 10 teams are serious contenders. Clemson can clinch the ACC Atlantic and a spot in the ACC title game with a victory against the Eagles. Ohio State rounds out the top ten. "Bottom line is pretty much every team that's in there, if they win, they are in, because a lot of them are going to play each other". The good news for the Bulldogs is beating Alabama to win the SEC championship would nearly certainly make up for a second regular-season loss. The Buckeyes would face No. 8 Washington State, the projected Pac-12 champ. 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. The only intrigue involving Alabama is whether the Tide could lose the SEC championship game, finish 12-1 and still get in? In a brash move, the Mountaineers coach made a decision to go for the two-point conversion and the win against Texas on Saturday rather than settle for the game-tying extra point and overtime. Georgia 6. Oklahoma 7. Florida 16. Mississippi State 17.

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