CFP Top 25: Georgia Moves to No.1

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The College Football Playoff Committee revealed its third Top 25 rankings of the season on Tuesday night.

While there were some changes at the top, the same eight teams lead the poll, just in a different order. The Texas Longhorns remain the state’s only Top 25 representative, standing pat at No.7 after holding on to a three-point road win against TCU.

Here is the complete College Football Playoff Top 25:

  1. Georgia 10-0
  2. Ohio State 9-0
  3. Michigan 10-0
  4. Florida State 10-0
  5. Washington 10-0
  6. Oregon 9-1
  7. Texas 9-1
  8. Alabama 9-1
  9. Missouri 8-2
  10. Louisville 9-1
  11. Oregon State 8-2
  12. Penn State 8-2
  13. Mississippi 8-2
  14. Oklahoma 8-2
  15. LSU 7-3
  16. Iowa 8-2
  17. Arizona 7-3
  18. Tennessee 7-3
  19. Notre Dame 7-3
  20. North Carolina 8-2
  21. Kansas State 7-3
  22. Utah 7-3
  23. Oklahoma State 7-3
  24. Tulane 9-1
  25. Kansas 7-3


The most notable change is that Georgia has overtaken Ohio State as the No.1 team in the country after a 52-17 win over then-No.9 Ole Miss. When asked about the change, CFP committee chair Boo Corrigan explained that Georgia had strengthened its resume over the past couple of weeks and has an impressive 5-0 record against teams that are above .500.

Ohio State, Michigan, Florida State, and Washington also remain in the top five, with Florida State keeping the fourth spot due to some concerns with Washington’s defense.

“I think when you look at that, that is a factor in what’s going on as well as the Arizona State and Stanford, close games there with two teams that have won a combined six games this year,” Corrigan told the media. “But we’re going to continue to look at it and continue to evaluate week over week. You saw today a little bit when you look at the whole 25, it’s a clean sheet every week as we come in, and we continue to debate it.”

Elsewhere, Missouri jumps five spots from 14 to nine after an impressive win over Tennessee, which drops from 13 to 18. Louisville moves into the top 10, and Oklahoma rises slightly. Penn State, Oklahoma State, Utah, and Kansas are among the teams to fall after losses.

The Big 12 has five ranked teams this week, and No.7 Texas remains the conference’s best chance to make the four-team playoff field.

Tulane has been the favorite to claim the sole Group of Five spot in the New Year’s Six Bowls and remains the only Group of Five team in the CFP rankings for a second consecutive week.

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