With two weekends left before the final ranking, college football's big playoff loser is
A poor performance against Boston College at Fenway Park last Saturday cost the Irish two spots in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, announced Tuesday.
This week's playoff winner is
Clemson and Alabama remained Nos.1 and 2, followed by Oklahoma and
The committee put Oklahoma in position to earn the spot over Notre Dame if both teams win out. Notre Dame plays at Stanford on Saturday; Oklahoma plays at Oklahoma State.
Games this weekend will narrow the focus as several contenders meet rivals.
The title chase in the Big Ten East is still a three-team race between Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State. Michigan State can clinch the division with a home win over Penn State.
Alabama plays at Auburn, Florida State is at Florida, and the
There is even an outside chance for two-loss Stanford, provided it can close with wins against Notre Dame and the Pac-12 South champion.
The Cardinal needs to make up five positions in two weeks, which is not impossible with two formidable games remaining.
Stanford would prefer three-loss
The final ranking will be announced Dec. 6, although current No. 15 Navy could delay the full release of bowl pairings because it plays Army on Dec. 12.
Navy, a former independent now in the American Athletic Conference, is in the running for a major bowl bid.
In the new system, the selection committee picks the top team from the Group of 5 conferences to play in what is now being called a "New Year's Day Six" bowl.
Navy plays at once-defeated Houston on Friday.