The top-ranked conference champion from the Group of 5 leagues automatically earns a spot in one of the access bowl games. Last week, the selection committee and the AP voters ranked two-loss Louisiana State above Ohio State, and it seems likely that this week, the committee will join the AP in slotting Central Florida above them.
The UCF Knights football team is undefeated, after beating Cincinnati in a primetime game at home Saturday, 38-13. Ohio State's defense looked porous in a tight overtime win over Maryland this past Saturday, and that's something Mullens kept mentioning during his live interview on ESPN and during the CFP committee teleconference. The Cougars, coming off a Peach Bowl victory like UCF this season, beat two highly ranked Power Five teams with star quarterback that season - Oklahoma with Baker Mayfield and Louisville with Lamar Jackson. LSU remained seventh, Washington State held at 8 and Ohio State stayed at 10th, getting jumped by UCF.
A win over Florida State might not guarantee a New Year's Six bowl game for the Gators.
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Even if the Sooners manage to beat back-to-back ranked opponents in the final two weeks of the season they will still need help above them to have a chance to be one of the final four teams, likely meaning a Notre Dame loss to USC and/or a MI loss to Ohio State or in the Big 10 Championship game.
Week 13 offers some intriguing matchups with a lot on the line, including Michigan-Ohio State and Notre Dame USC. Much was made of the 10-10 halftime score this weekend when Alabama hosted The Citadel of the lower-tier Football Championship Subdivision, but let the record show that the final score was 50-17.
Assuming Clemson gets a mulligan and gets into the playoff, every other team would have at least two losses.