Before we dive into the new CFP top 25, here’s the list of the new rankings:
College Football Playoff Standings: Top 25 Finals
1 Georgia 13-0 1 2 Michigan 13-0 2 3 TCU 12-1 3 4 Ohio State 11-1 5 5 Alabama 10-2 6 6 Tennessee 10-2 7 7 Clemson 11-2 9 8 Utah 10-3 11 9 Kansas State 10-3 10 10 Southern California 11-2 4 11 Penn State 10-2 8 12 Washington 10-2 12 13 Florida State 9-3 13 14 Oregon State 9-3 15 15 Oregon 9- 3 16 16 Tulane 11-2 18 17 LSU 9-4 14 18 UCLA 9-3 17 19 South Carolina 8-4 19 20 Texas 8-4 20 21 Notre Dame 8-4 21 22 Mississippi State 8-4 24 23 North Carolina State 8-4 25 24 Troy 11-2 NR 25 UTSA 11-2 NR This will be the semifinals
Here are the CFP semifinal matchups:
No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 4 Ohio State | Saturday, December 31 | Peach Bowl (at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta) | ESPN | 8 p.m. ET No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 TCU | Saturday, December 31 | Fiesta Bowl (at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona) | ESPN | 4 p.m. Eastern time
Ohio State is ranked #4
Ohio State is the only new entrant in the top four of the final standings for the college football playoffs. The Buckeyes didn’t play during the conference championship weekend, but they did take the field thanks to an 11-1 record. Only four teams have one loss or fewer, and Ohio State is one of those teams.
The Buckeyes replace Southern California in the top four after the Trojans lost in the Pac-12 championship game.
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Alabama and Tennessee miss the field
The first two teams to come off the field of the 2022 College Football Playoffs are No. 5 Alabama and No. 6 Tennessee. The two SEC teams rank fifth and sixth as the highest-ranked two-loss teams. Tennessee remains behind Alabama despite a head-to-head victory.
Six New Years bowls
Here are the four remaining New Year’s Six Bowls:
All Oriental Times.
Friday, December 30
Orange Bowl | 20:00 | ESPN | Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida
No. 6 Tennessee vs. No. 7 Clemson Saturday, December 31
sugar bowl | 12:00 | ESPN | Caesars Superdome in New Orleans
No. 5 Alabama vs. No. 9 Kansas State Monday, Jan. 2
Classic Cotton Bowl | 1:00 p.m. | ESPN | AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
No. 10 Southern California vs. No. 16 Tulane
Southern California ranks overall for the New Year’s Six in the Cotton Bowl.
Rose Bowl Set | 5:00 p.m. | ESPN | Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
No. 8 Utah vs. No. 11 Penn State
Stan Becton joined NCAA.com in 2021 and has since served as a reporter for FCS, track, cross country and HBCU. He has covered numerous NCAA championship events, including the FCS Championship, DI Track & Field Championships, and the men’s Frozen Four. In addition, he covered the 2021 Celebration Bowl. Stan graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, earned a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing, and played football as a letterman for five years. You can follow him on Twitter @stan_becton.
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