Friday, January 27, 2023

USC is ranked No. 5, moving up to No. 4 Ohio State

USC is in the top four of the College Football Playoff standings.

The Trojans’ victory over Notre Dame and Michigan’s victory over Ohio State moved USC two places out of the top four in the final season standings. If USC beats Utah in the Pac-12 title game on Friday night, the Trojans will be in the College Football Playoff.

Georgia stayed at #1 while Michigan went to #2 and TCU went to #3. The Buckeyes are ranked #5 from Alabama. 6th place and all set to make the playoffs in the final week. Do the season even if TCU or USC lose in the Big Ten title game.

It should come as no surprise that the top four teams in Tuesday night’s standings eventually head into conference championship weekend. Four teams in the top four are favorites in their title bouts and will qualify for the playoffs with a win.

Ohio State lost to Michigan by 22 on Saturday and will be sidelined. If USC or TCU lose a close game, that loss could knock Ohio State out of the top four. Utah is 11th and Kansas State is 10th. The team showed on Tuesday night that it thinks highly of both opponents.

Tennessee is ranked #7 and is in line for a New Year’s Six bowl berth ahead of Penn State and Clemson. The Tigers fell out of the top 10 despite losing to South Carolina on Saturday and playing No. 23 North Carolina for the ACC title. The winner of that game would go to the Orange Bowl.

The final set of playoff standings will be released on Sunday at noon ET. Those rankings determine playoff berths and entrants to the Cotton, Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls. The remaining bowl matches will be announced within hours of the New Year’s Six games.

college football playoff standings

1. Georgia (12-0)

2. Michigan (12-0)

3. TCU (12-0)

4. USC (11-1)

5. Ohio State (11-1)

6 Alabama (10-2)

7. Tennessee (10-2)

8. Pennsylvania State (10-2)

9. Clemson (10-2)

10. Kansas State (9-3)

11 Utah (9-3)

12 Washington (10-2)

13. Florida State (9-3)

14. LSU (9-3)

15. Oregon State (9-3)

16. Oregon (9-3)

17. UCLA (9-3)

18. Tulane (10-2)

19. South Carolina (8-4)

20. Texas (8-4)

21. Our Lady (8-4)

22. FUC (9-3)

23. North Carolina (9-3)

24. Mississippi State (8-4)

25. North Carolina State (8-4)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 26: USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) celebrates late in the fourth quarter of the college football game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 26 in Los Angeles, CA went. 2022. (Photo by John Gartz/ICON Sportswire via Getty Images)
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