The selection committee for the College Football Playoff took its final practice run on Tuesday, issuing the last top 25 rankings before selection day next Sunday.
No surprise to see Alabama,
The real intrigue rests in the next four or five slots, where — barring an upset in the coming days — teams could very well be jockeying for the last spot in the playoffs.
Washington rose to No. 4 and
The biggest question continues to revolve around the Big Ten, where Ohio State and Michigan failed to qualify for their conference title game but remain in the committee's high regard.
"We've analyzed, we've gone inside this data in detail and we've looked at teams side-by-side," committee Chairman Kirby Hocutt told ESPN.
So it remains unclear if the winner of the Big Ten title game between Wisconsin and Penn State will make the playoffs.
Elsewhere down the list, the
Also, USC failed to crack the top 10, landing at No. 11.
It all sets up for a tense weekend with top conferences across the nation holding their title games on Friday and Saturday.