Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan top rankings once again
Nov 25 2018
UCF has won 23 straight games since the 2017 season. If the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes and finish with just one loss - at Notre Dame back in September - could the committee leave them out of the playoff?
Alabama will enter Saturday's Iron Bowl as the No. 1 team in the nation.
According to the model, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence puts up over 200 yards and two touchdowns through the air, while the Tigers' defense doesn't allow any SC running back to hit 50 yards as Clemson covers in over 50 percent of simulations. Those four teams - all heavily favored to win - will be extremely well-positioned for the playoff if they do win. The Big 12 could have a team move past UF. The night window includes South Carolina-Clemson, Kentucky-Louisville, LSU-Texas A&M and Notre Dame-USC.
UCF needs all these teams to win their conference titles and Alabama to win the Southeastern Conference at 13-0. Two-loss LSU took care of Rice.
No. 16 Washington has the same record (8-3) as the Gators and can earn a marquee victory by knocking off No. 8 Washington State on Friday in the Apple Cup. The victor will play No. 18 Utah (8-3) in the Pacific-12 title game a week later. Boise State hosts Utah State in a late (10:15 ET) showdown to decide the Mountain West's Mountain Division victor.
So whom does the committee leave out? An 11-1 Notre Dame squad would likely be ahead of a 12-1 Washington State, but maybe not in front of 12-1 Oklahoma. This year is no different in that the slate is jammed packed with great rivalry games but there's something interesting this weekend that we haven't gotten in a long time.