Iowa joins college football playoff rankings

Selection committee Chairman Kirby Hocutt, Texas Tech's athletic director, said the committee was impressed by the Hurricanes' most convincing victory of the season against a "solid" Virginia Tech team.

The final rankings that will determine the participants in the College Football Playoff semifinals come out December 3. After those five teams, however, things got a little interesting. While one-loss Oklahoma and TCU are ahead of Miami and Wisconsin due to their strength of schedule, Washington lags behind. Georgia has already won the SEC East. Alabama is in the driver's seat to win the SEC West. Miami leads in the ACC Coastal. It is the highest a Group of Five team has ever been ranked in the second batch of rankings.

"What really matters is how you play the rest of the season, how you focus the rest of the season and how you stay focused the rest of the season". No. 2 Alabama will play Mississippi State (7-2), which held down No. 16 for a second consecutive week, and No. 8 Wisconsin will welcome Iowa, which debuted at No. 20.

What helps the Sooners and the Horned Frogs' cases to make the playoff, assuming that they meet again in the Big 12 Championship Game, is that the Selection Committee still respects the teams these two Big 12 frontrunners have played. MSU visits #13 Ohio State this Saturday.

Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC) is the only team to make the playoff in each of its first three seasons. Beating both Oklahoma and TCU gives the Cyclones major clout this year. Michigan State and Ohio State, one of which will nearly certainly face the Badgers in the Big Ten title game, were ranked 12th and 13th, respectively. TCU at Oklahoma is one of the can't miss games of the weeks.

  • Stacy Allen