The penultimate College Football Playoff rankings convey the message that as many as 12 teams may qualify for the playoff.
Alabama continues to hang on to its number-one position, while Oregon occupies the number-two position. But Florida State lost not only its top rank in the Associated Press (AP) press poll, but also its third rank in the college football playoff rankings. Speaking about Florida State, Jeff Long, athletic director for Arkansas and chairman of the playoff committee, said that “Florida State continues to be that undefeated team.” Baylor and Ohio State are the teams hold the sixth and fifth ranks, respectively. Arizona, Michigan State, and Kansas State hold the seventh, eighth, and ninth rank, respectively.
The college football playoff selection commission will release its final list this Saturday.
Florida State, Alabama, and Oregon will definitely qualify for the playoff if they emerge as the winners of the next games. Among the others, Arizona has the highest possibility of qualifying because of its high rank. Missouri is another team that can struggle into the top four, but Gary Pinkel, their coach, has refused to predict anything. He said: “Honestly, those things take care of themselves. We’re just doing what we do.”
Michigan State and Kansas State haven’t been discussed much, especially after the Spartans lost a game on November 8 to Ohio State. But as they have lost only to Oregon and Ohio State, the Spartans have a chance becoming the semi-finalists provided several teams ahead of them lose.