Georgia was next at five, followed by Oklahoma. No. 1 Alabama) and No. 9 Kentucky (vs. UCF, at 8-0, is behind two teams with two losses already. And if Texas were to earn a spot in the conference title game, it tragically would be at OU's expense. The Big Ten went to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016, joining the Big 12 and Pac-12, meaning more opportunities for those teams to pick each other off. If they win outright, and one of the teams in front of them loses, Oklahoma might be able to sneak into the top four. But challenges are in store for some of the one-loss teams trying to stay alive in the chase for the College Football Playoff. So both teams have one loss, but West Virginia has the best win, the best loss, and it has played the more hard schedule. Utah State. Is it a team that deserves a top 10 or top 15 spot?
Simple: Win out, get in.
If the Bulldogs get past Auburn, and they are 14-point favorites to win, they still have No. 1 Alabama in the SEC Conference Championship Game on December 1.
UCLA did the Sooners no favor by being awful and depriving Oklahoma of a quality nonconference victory.
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With a huge win over Texas this weekend, the West Virginia Mountaineers saw a steep climb in the rankings.
The Buckeyes found out last season that getting hammered by a team that finished the regular season 7-5 is deal-breaker with the committee when it comes time to make a tough choice. The Bulldogs would play No. 6 Oklahoma, which is the projected Big 12 champion in this ranking. Remember years ago when Notre Dame beat Florida State in the regular season but then lost to Boston College and fell behind the Seminoles for the national championship in the polls?
"Strong offense, struggling on defense", Mullens said.
Mississippi State, Alabama's opponent this week, is ranked No. 16. That's extreme, but if three of those six things happen, UCF probably gets a look.