What No. 5 CFB Playoff ranking means for Wolverines

What No. 5 CFB Playoff ranking means for Wolverines

The committee has been criticized - by supporters of UCF, for example - for not ranking teams from outside the Power Five conferences high enough.

Georgia debuted at No. 1 in the first playoff rankings last season, but fell to No. 7 after losing to Auburn two weeks later.

Former BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall's Virginia team is No. 25 in the CFP rankings. Surprising Pac-12 North leader Washington State was eighth, before Kentucky and Ohio State rounded out the top 10.

The top four teams were no surprise.

With the way the Wolverines are playing, all the numbers show they're capable of cracking the top four.

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In fact, when Clemson inserted third-string quarterback Ben Batson into the lineup during the fourth quarter of its 59-10 romp over the Seminoles on Saturday, all 72 Tigers who made the trip to Tallahassee had played. Clemson was the only team to be somewhere in the top four in all six rankings from the committee. Both of those years, Alabama and Clemson started in the top four and never slipped out. That will help Notre Dame fight off MI, but there is a chance the Irish could get jumped by a different one loss team. Alabama finishes 11-1. The final round of rankings are determined after conference championship games the first weekend of December.

The Knights start at No. 12 - one spot below two-loss Florida but six spots higher than UCF was at this time last season. It seemed to send a signal the committee would be different from traditional polls that tended to honor win-loss record above all.

He had a career high 308 yards passing in the North Carolina State beatdown on October 20, a mark that lasted a week after he threw for 314 yards at Florida State - an effort that earned him co-ACC rookie of the week.

Clemson (8-0) came in at No. 2, followed by another SEC team in LSU (7-1) at No. 3 and Notre Dame (8-0) at No. 4.

All season, BC's accomplishments have been traced back to its 2008 counterpart-the last Eagles team to crack the AP Poll and make it to the ACC Championship. Texas A&M in 2016 was somewhat of a surprising No. 4, and then proceeded to lose three of its final four games. Even if Mike Leach's bunch wins out to earn a Pac-12 crown at 12-1 it would need to cross its fingers for a struggling Washington team to win every game leading up to their Apple Cup meeting to end the regular season and for Utah to keep rolling to a 10-2 regular-season record and Pac-12 South title. Oklahoma in 2015 was 15th in the first top 25 and fourth on selection Sunday. No other Big Ten teams made the initial list, but one surprising team that Iowa football fans are quite familiar with did make it into this initial top 25 list: Iowa State.

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