UCF moves ahead of Ohio State in College Football Playoff rankings

Florida Gators' New Year's Six bowl chances look better in latest College Football Playoff rankings

One potential opponent: UCF. James Franklin's team moved up two spots from its previous season-high ranking of No. 14 in the poll after recovering from a season-low No. 21 after losing to MI in Ann Arbor.

The undefeated Knights jumped one spot ahead of No. 10 Ohio State in the latest rankings released Tuesday night.

Committee chair Rob Mullens said his group spent a lot of time discussing UCF vs. Ohio State after Urban Meyer's Buckeyes held on to beat Maryland in overtime.

"We said while UCF might not have the depth of talent of Ohio State, the committee thought they're playing more as an all-around team", Mullens said.

UCF's resume also got a boost when Pitt entered the rankings at No. 24; the Knights crushed the Panthers 45-14 in September.




No. 11 was Florida , which could help the Gators secure a New Year's Six bowl bid. That depends on what happens elsewhere this weekend and whether any unexpected teams earn automatic spots by winning their conference championship games next week. Upsets are sweeter and sting more in rivalry games, and you may want to look at some of the recent weeks results from other rivalry games to keep your own emotions and cash in check if you feel like betting on mostly big favorites and stronger teams.

Northwestern (7-4) of the Big Ten and Utah (8-3) of the Pac-12 have also clinched spots in their respective conference championship game, and Texas (8-3) could do the same in the Big 12 on Friday by beating Kansas .

Unlike last week, there was a little movement in the top 10.

The top eight teams in the rankings were unchanged.

The Sooners have made the College Football Playoff in two out of the last three seasons and were just one possession away from winning a playoff semifinal a year ago in a double-overtime loss to Georgia.

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