Michigan’s loss to rival Ohio State shook things up this week in the College Football Playoff ranking.
The Wolverines’ 62-39 blowout loss to the Buckeyes allowed Georgia to crack the top four, setting up a No. 1 vs. No. 4 showdown in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday in Atlanta.
The top three remained the same — No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame. Georgia moved up a spot to No. 4, followed by Oklahoma and Ohio State.
Notre Dame (12-0) finished the regular season undefeated after beating USC 24-17 and should be a lock for the playoff unless chaos ensues this weekend during the conference championships. The Fighting Irish are not affiliated with a conference in football.
Washington made the biggest jump from No. 16 to No. 11 after defeating Washington State. The Cougars had the biggest drop, from No. 8 to No. 13.
With Missouri at No. 24, the SEC is the first conference with eight teams in a College Football Playoff ranking.
3. Notre Dame
6. Ohio State
8. Central Florida
10. Louisiana State
12. Penn State
13. Washington State
16. West Virginia
18. Mississippi State
19. Texas A&M
22. Boise State
23. Iowa State
25. Fresno State
If the season ended today, this would be the projected New Year’s Six Bowls:
Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas (College Football Playoff semifinal game)
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Georgia
Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla. (College Football Playoff semifinal game)
No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame
Rose Bowl in Pasadena
No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Washington
Sugar Bowl in New Orleans
No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 9 Florida
Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.
No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 10 Louisiana State
Peach Bowl in Atlanta
No. 8 Central Florida vs. No. 12 Penn State
The last College Football Playoff Rankings for the season will be released on Sunday.