UCLA rises to No. 8 in latest College Football Playoff rankings

Mossi Johnson, Gerald Bowman
UCLA receiver Mossi Johnson puts his hand into the face of USC safety Gerald Bowman on a catch and run in the third quarter Saturday night at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins beat the Trojans, 38-20.
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UCLA’s win over crosstown rival USC last weekend helped move the Bruins to No. 8 in Tuesday’s College Football Playoff rankings.

UCLA has two weekends to reach the No. 4 playoff spot.

If the Bruins beat Stanford on Friday, they will advance to the Pac-12 title game against Oregon.

This week’s top four remained the same: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State. Texas Christian remained at No. 5, followed by Ohio State, Baylor, UCLA, Georgia and Michigan State.

Mississippi fell from No. 8 to No. 19 after last week’s 30-0 loss to Arkansas.

Arizona moved up four spots to No. 11, two spots ahead of No. 13 Arizona State.

The top four teams in the final rankings of Dec. 7 will advance to semifinal games at the Rose and Sugar bowls. The winners will meet Jan. 12 for the national title at AT&T Stadium in Texas. 

Tuesday marked the debut of two “Group of 5" conference schools in the top 25. Boise State (9-2) entered the rankings at No. 23 while Marshall (11-0) is No. 24.

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