College football playoff rankings: LSU and USC advance to key spots in new top 25 as Tennessee drops to No. 10

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While the top four teams in last week’s college football playoff standings all retained their serve after emerging victorious last week, the fourth edition of the CFP’s top 25 released on Tuesday night was uneventful. Defending national champion Georgia retained first place, with Ohio State remaining in second place. Michigan and TCU rounded out the top four, using field goals last Saturday to avoid upsets and stay undefeated in Rivalry Week.

USC, with its only blemish a one-point loss at Utah on Oct. 15, picked up the biggest victory among CFP contenders with a 48-45 victory at UCLA. The Trojans’ rise to No. 6 was helped by a shock upset suffered by Tennessee, who were routed 63-38 at South Carolina.

Despite its improved ranking, USC still trails No. 5 LSU by two losses. The two teams will face off in their respective conference championship games in two weeks, but the Trojans could potentially jump the Tigers into the second-to-last standings next week as USC hosts No. 15 Notre Dame , while LSU visits unranked Texas A&M. A quality ranked win may be enough for the CFP Selection Committee to make the switch.

With the Volunteers now essentially eliminated from the playoffs, they will simply become the second No. 1-ranked team in the initial CFP rankings of a season that fails to reach the four-team group (Mississippi State, 2014). Meanwhile, the Tigers still have a chance to become the first two-game losing streak to win a CFP bid in event history.

Back-to-back 25-plus-point wins have breathed new life into one-loss Clemson, though it still trails a pair of two-loss SEC teams (LSU, Alabama) and one-loss USC. Clemson’s potential schedule strength took a hit with North Carolina suffering a second loss before an ACC championship game reunion, but he nonetheless has a path to a seventh CFP appearance in the last eight seasons. If they did eventually make it onto the pitch, it would be the lowest-ranked team at this point to do so.

Let’s take a look at the entire top 25 of the CFP rankings below with an upcoming analysis from bowls expert Jerry Palm.

College football playoff standings, Nov. 22

  1. Georgia (11-0)
  2. Ohio State (11-0)
  3. Michigan (11-0)
  4. TCU (11-0)
  5. USL (9-2)
  6. USC (10-1)
  7. Alabama (9-2)
  8. Clemson (10-1)
  9. Oregon (9-2)
  10. Tennessee (9-2)
  11. Penn State (9-2)
  12. Kansas State (8-3)
  13. Washington (9-2)
  14. Utah (8-3)
  15. Our Lady (8-3)
  16. Florida State (8-3)
  17. North Carolina (9-2)
  18. UCLA (8-3)
  19. Tulane (9-2)
  20. Ole Miss (8-3)
  21. Oregon State (8-3)
  22. UCF (8-3)
  23. Texas (7-4)
  24. Cincinnati (9-2)
  25. Louisville (7-4)

Analysis by boules expert Jerry Palm

Still to come.

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