Iowa State ranked 24th in College Football Playoff Top 25

Jeremiah Holloman

The Peach Bowl would then have No. 10 Ohio State against No. 11 Florida, as they are the highest-ranked remaining teams, and would also be chosen based on fan interest and matchup. "By comparison, Notre Dame has three such wins".

But Notre Dame's placement behind LSU is a bit concerning because it reflects a slight lack of respect from the committee.

The Cyclones (4-3, 3-2) were slotted in at No. 24 in the first CFP rankings of the season, and are one of four Big 12 teams in the field - Oklahoma (7), West Virginia (13) and Texas (17).

No. 3 LSU, No. 4 Notre Dame: With the Irish undefeated along with Clemson and Alabama it seemed reasonable to believe that Notre Dame would join the Tigers and Tide in the top three. I can't argue with Iowa's placement when it comes to those four two-loss teams considering the quality of each of those team's losses. The committee looked deeply at the games these teams have played and were impressed with their schedules.




The top four at the end of the season advance to the College Football Playoff. Had the Cyclones not been ranked, OU would have had zero wins against CFP's top 25 teams.

"Again, when you look at a team's resume', you look at every piece of it", Mullens said. "But how they evaluate the teams on a weekly basis, sure that's going to change, because it's new people in those seats". Respectively, Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma, Washington State, Kentucky and Ohio State round out the top 10, while undefeated UCF comes in at No. 12.

This is the 26th time an Alabama team has made an appearance in rankings since the formation of the playoff system in 2014.

No. 14 Penn State at No. 5 Michigan - This isn't a must-lose for the Wolverines, but the earlier Michigan could go down, the better for the Sooners. Both of those years, Alabama and Clemson started in the top four and never slipped out. The top four nearly certainly will change by this time next week, after Alabama and LSU meet Saturday night in the Bayou, and there are three other games featuring teams in the top 20 that could cause further movement. Yeah, an easy schedule allows the Knights to play it safe with Milton, but the team is good enough that it can do that and still win. West division leader Fresno State is No. 23 in the CFP and also plays at Boise State this month. Houston is 7-1 and its only loss came in Week 3 against Texas Tech. In explaining Central Florida's ranking, Mullens said it is the only team in the top 25 without a win against a team over.500.

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