Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; A general view as the Washington Huskies take the field before to the 2024 College Football Playoff national championship game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Conferences, CFP agree on financial terms for expanded playoffs

Officials with the College Football Playoff, the nine FBS conferences and independent Notre Dame have agreed to the next playoff contract, which will take effect in 2026, ESPN reported Friday.

Under terms of the agreement, the CFP will include at least 12 teams starting in 2026 and moving forward, though expansion to 14 teams remains on the table and is considered likely to happen sooner rather than later.

Four teams have been part of the CFP since its inception for the 2014 season.

“Anything else regarding format is to be determined,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said Friday, per ESPN. “This is a very important next step for CFP, of course, and we do still have details to be finalized regarding the format, but I want to stress that the really good news is that football fans will continue to see the best teams in the country competing for the national championship on the playing field. This arrangement will also ensure the expanded access will continue to be in place. We firmly believe this, about the importance of a competitive opportunity for more programs and more players and more fans. We’re pleased to be in the position we’re in, while we know there’s still more work to be done.”

Per ESPN, the Big Ten and Southeastern Conference will take the lead in establishing the format of future playoffs beyond guaranteed berths for conference champions of the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC, as well as the highest-ranked team from Group of Five champions. Notre Dame was assured it will have “protections” as the format evolves, ESPN reported.

The conferences and Notre Dame also agreed on annual compensation for each conference. Big Ten and SEC schools each will receive more than $21 million, the ACC schools will get upward of $13 million, and Notre Dame and Big 12 members will be paid more than $12 million.

Group of Five schools will receive $1.8 million — a raise of $300,000 — and Washington State and Oregon State will earn $360,000. The two Pacific Northwest schools find themselves as the remaining two members of the Pac-12, and, at least for now, are independents.

These new payouts coincide with an upcoming contract with ESPN, in which the network is expected to spend an average of about $1.3 billion on the CFP in each of the next six seasons.

That’s about three times the amount per season that ESPN has paid for the four-team playoff, Yahoo Sports said.

–Field Level Media

Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) looks to pass the ball in the second half of the College Football Playoff national championship game against Washington at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Monday, January 8, 2024.

CFP revamps new 12-team playoff structure, adds at-large bid

The College Football Playoff expanding to 12 teams for the upcoming season includes an altered format featuring the five highest-ranked conference champions and the next seven highest-ranked teams.

The CFP Board of Managers voted Tuesday to modify the original plan, which called for the six highest-ranked champions to earn an automatic entry into the field, plus six at-large berths. The switch was necessary with the Pac-12 down to just two teams in 2024 following the defection of 10 programs to other conferences.

“This is a very logical adjustment for the College Football Playoff based on the evolution of our conference structures since the board first adopted this new format in September 2022,” said Dr. Mark Keenum, president of Mississippi State University and CFP board chair. “I know this change will also be well received by student-athletes, coaches and fans. We all will be pleased to see this new format come to life on the field this postseason.”

There is no limit on the number of teams that can qualify in each conference.

The shift was made with no objection from Washington State president Kirk Schulz, who represents the Pac-12 on the board. Oregon State will be the only other remaining Pac-12 team next season.

“For our two schools in the Pac-12 as it’s currently configured, there is no question that five-seven, with seven at-larges, is better than six at-larges,” Schulz told ESPN. “… There’s no question our football coaches are going to want to compete for one of those seven slots, and seven is going to be better than six.”

Under the 12-team playoff format that begins in the fall, the four highest-ranked conference champions will be seeded one through four for the CFP tournament and will receive a first-round bye. Teams seeded five through 12 will play each other in the first round at the home of the higher ranked team.

Michigan is the defending CFP champion, defeating Washington in the title game on Jan. 8. Both schools will be members of the Big Ten next season as Washington departs the Pac-12.

–Field Level Media

Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; The 2024 CFP logo on the field before the 2024 College Football Playoff national championship game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Washington Huskies at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: College Football Playoff, ESPN reach $7.8B extension

The College Football Playoff agreed to a six-year extension of its broadcast deal with ESPN worth $7.8 billion, The Athletic reported on Monday.

The deal keeps all CFP games on ESPN’s family of networks through the 2031 season, concluding with the national title game in January 2032.

However, the contract won’t be ratified until CFP leadership irons out the format of the tournament going forward.

The playoff will expand from four to 12 teams for the first time next year, and the original agreement was to include the six highest-ranked conference champions and the six highest-ranked at-large teams — the so-called 6+6 model.

With the Pac-12 set to fold following the current season, the number of power conferences shrinks, and some league commissioners are pushing to modify the format to 5+7, which most likely would keep the field at one “Group of Five” conference champion.

The extension kicks in for the 2026 season, but for the next two years ESPN still controls the rights to all games, including the new first round and quarterfinals.

According to the report, ESPN will have the right to “sublicense” CFP games over the course of the contract to other media organizations or streamers.

–Field Level Media

Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Kenneth Grant (78) sakes Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) during the second quarter in the 2024 College Football Playoff national championship game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Michigan runs all over No. 2 Washington to win national title

Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards each rushed for two touchdowns and No. 1 Michigan completed an undefeated season with a punishing 34-13 victory over No. 2 Washington in the College Football Playoff national championship game on Monday night at Houston.

Corum had 134 yards on 21 rushes and Edwards added 104 on just six carries as Michigan (15-0) won its first national title since winning in split fashion in 1997. The Wolverines racked up 303 yards on the ground while limiting Washington to 46.

Mike Sainristil returned a key interception 81 yards to set up Michigan’s final touchdown and Will Johnson also had a pick.

Michael Penix Jr. completed 27 of 51 passes for 255 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for Washington (14-1). Jalen McMillan had a touchdown catch and Rome Odunze had five receptions for 87 yards for the Huskies.

Washington’s Dillon Johnson played despite injuries to his left knee and right foot. He had 33 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 24 yards.

J.J. McCarthy completed 10 of 18 passes for 140 yards for the Wolverines, who outgained the Huskies 443-301.

Michigan led by seven when it took over with 9:44 left in the game.

On the first play of the drive, McCarthy connected with Colston Loveland for a gain of 41 to the Huskies 30-yard line. Four plays later, Corum scored on a 12-yard run to give Michigan a 27-13 lead with 7:09 remaining.

Penix lofted a 44-yard pass to Odunze with 6:18 left to get Washington in scoring range. But the Huskies soon faced fourth-and-13 from the Wolverines 30, and Sainristil picked off the ball and raced the other way, setting up Corum’s 1-yard TD run with 3:37 remaining.

Michigan rushed for 174 yards in the opening quarter en route to taking a 17-10 lead into the break.

Edwards capped the game-opening drive with a 41-yard touchdown run on a play in which he faced inside congestion before bouncing to the left and easily sailing down the sideline for the score.

Grady Gross kicked a 25-yard field goal with 3:56 left for Washington. But Edwards was at it again 93 seconds later, scoring on a 46-yard burst through a huge hole to give the Wolverines a 14-3 advantage.

Corum delivered Michigan’s third long run on the final play of the first quarter when he exploded for 59 yards. That set up a 31-yard field goal by James Turner that gave the Wolverines a 14-point lead with 13:28 remaining in the first half.

The Huskies moved within seven with 42 seconds left in the half when Penix tossed a 3-yard scoring pass to McMillan.

Johnson intercepted Penix at the Huskies 32 on the first offensive play of the third quarter. That set up Turner’s 38-yard field goal to make it 20-10.

Washington trimmed its deficit back to seven when Gross booted a 45-yard field goal with 8:58 left in the third quarter.

–Field Level Media

Oct 21, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Davison Igbinosun (1) celebrates in front of Penn State Nittany Lions offensive lineman Caedan Wallace (73) during the NCAA football game at Ohio Stadium.

What 12-team College Football Playoff would have looked like in ’23

The College Football Playoff is about to expand to a 12-team field, but that leaves fans in 2023 with one more great “what if?” to answer.

If this year’s college football season had gotten the 12-team treatment, the debate over whether to rank Alabama or Florida State fourth still would have mattered — but it wouldn’t have been a question of in or out.

The new format, as currently constructed, will guarantee the six highest-ranked conference champions will make the field. Then the six highest-ranked remaining teams will round out the field, with teams seeded according to the final CFP rankings.

The top four teams will get a bye in the first round. The fifth through eighth seeds will get to select the host venue for their respective quarterfinal games.

Using the final rankings of the 2023 season released earlier Sunday, the 12-team playoff would have looked like this:

No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 9 Missouri (quarterfinal)
Winner plays No 1. Michigan (first-round bye)

No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 12 Liberty (quarterfinal)
Winner plays No. 4 Alabama (first-round bye)

No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Penn State (quarterfinal)
Winner plays No. 2 Washington (first-round bye)

No. 6 Georgia vs. No. 11 Ole Miss (quarterfinal)
Winner plays No. 3 Texas (first-round bye)

The quarterfinals would create some conference rematches. In the regular season, Ohio State defeated Penn State 20-12 and Georgia demolished Ole Miss 52-17.

There’s also the fascinating case of Florida State against Liberty, two teams that finished the regular season 13-0 with conference titles in the ACC and Conference USA, respectively. In real life, the Seminoles dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 this week despite beating Louisville in the ACC championship game, as the committee determined they were “a different team” without injured quarterback Jordan Travis available.

The first team out? No. 12 Oklahoma. The Sooners would not make the cut as Liberty, the No. 23 team in Sunday’s rankings, would get the 12th seed as the winner of the sixth and final conference champion auto-bid.

–Field Level Media

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates after U-M's 26-0 win over Iowa in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, in Indianapolis.

Michigan tops CFP rankings; undefeated Florida State out

Texas and Alabama earned the final two spots into the College Football Playoff rankings on Sunday as the four-team field was set.

The 13-member selection committee bypassed unbeaten Florida State (13-0), marking the first time an undefeated power conference champion has missed the field in the CFP era. The Seminoles were No. 5, just behind Alabama. Texas was No. 3.

Michigan (13-0) earned the No. 1 seed, followed by No. 2 Washington (13-0) in the announcement from Grapevine, Texas.

Two-time defending national champion Georgia (12-1) was passed over after losing 27-24 to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference title game on Saturday. That result ended the Bulldogs’ 29-game winning streak and dropped them to No. 6 in the rankings.

Despite the win, Alabama coach Nick Saban said there was a lot of tossing and turning overnight.

“It was a tough night. I didn’t sleep a lot because there are a lot of good teams out there,” Saban said. “Florida State’s certainly a good team to go undefeated in their league and it’s unfortunate that some good teams had to get left out. But I really think our team earned the right to be here.”

The passing over of Florida State was the committee’s most controversial decision. The season-ending leg injury sustained by star quarterback Jordan Travis was a major consideration during the committee’s discussions.

“Florida State is a different team than they were the first 11 weeks,” CFP selection committee chairman Boo Corrigan said on ESPN. “Coach (Mike) Norvell, their players, their fans, had an incredible season. But when you look at who they are as a team right now, without Jordan Travis, without the offensive dynamic that he brings to it, they are a different team and the committee voted Alabama 4 and Florida State 5.”

Florida State knocked off Louisville 16-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game on Saturday without its top two quarterbacks (Travis and Tate Rodemaker) due to injuries. Brock Glenn quarterbacked the Seminoles against the Cardinals.

Florida State athletic director Michael Alford issued a statement Sunday slamming the committee’s decision to exclude the Seminoles from the playoff.

“Our players, coaches, and fans — as well as all those who love this sport — deserve better,” he said. “The committee failed college football today.”

Florida State coach Mike Norvell also had an angry response to his program’s snub.

“I am disgusted and infuriated with the committee’s decision today to have what was earned on the field taken away because a small group of people decided they knew better than the results of the games,” Norvell said in a statement. “What is the point of playing games? Do you tell players it is okay to quit if someone goes down? Do you not play a senior on Senior Day for fear of injury? Where is the motivation to schedule challenging nonconference games?”

Interestingly, Florida State will face another angry program in Georgia in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30.

“I empathize with anybody that goes undefeated and doesn’t get in,” Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said. “I empathize with our players because I personally feel like we deserve to be in. We’ve got a really good football team, we’re considered No. 1 in the country all year and then fell. We’ve got a whole hornet’s nest around here of some players that are disappointed too.”

The Wolverines will face No. 4 seed Alabama (12-1) in the semifinals at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The Huskies will meet No. 3 Texas (12-1) in the Sugar Bowl at New Orleans. Both games are Jan. 1.

The national championship game is Jan. 8 at Houston.

Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian will face the Washington program he used to lead for the second straight postseason.

“Kind of ironic,” Sarkisian said. “Washington still holds a special place to me. I got my first head-coaching opportunity there and I had five tremendous years and just tried to rebuild that program. What Coach (Kalen) DeBoer has been able to do the last couple of seasons has really been a tremendous run.

“Ironically we played them a year ago in the Alamo Bowl,” added Sarkisian, referring to his club’s 27-20 loss to the Huskies.

The Longhorns rolled to a 49-21 win over Oklahoma State in the Big 12 title game on Saturday.

Texas defeated Alabama 34-24 at Tuscaloosa in September and is playing in the CFP for the first time. It is the Longhorns’ first conference championship since 2009.

“This has been a heck of a journey for us,” Sarkisian said. “So to earn a seat at the table and be in this tournament, we’re humbled by it but excited for it as well.”

Michigan cruised to a 26-0 victory over Iowa in the Big Ten title game on Saturday. The Wolverines won six games this season while coach Jim Harbaugh was serving suspensions.

“It’s a galvanized team,” Harbaugh said. “Some may think it is galvanized by adversity, it’s not. It’s galvanized by choice.”

Washington defeated Oregon for the second time this season with a 34-31 triumph in Friday’s Pac-12 title game. The Ducks were in contention for a CFP bid prior to the loss.

The Huskies didn’t have any consternation while waiting to learn who they would face in the semifinals.

“We’re going to face a good football team in Texas and we need to be at our best in all areas,” DeBoer said.

–Field Level Media

Dec 2, 2023; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Brock Glenn (11) speaks to head coach Mike Norvell on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Louisville Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State ‘disgusted and infuriated’ by CFP snub

An undefeated season that wasn’t rewarded with a College Football Playoff berth left Florida State’s coach, quarterback, athletic director — and some college football insiders — in disbelief and with harsh words for the selection committee on Sunday.

The Seminoles (13-0) became the first undefeated team from a power conference not to be chosen to compete for the championship in the 10-year history of the CFP. Instead of playing for a title, the Seminoles will meet Georgia in the Orange Bowl.

The Bulldogs were No. 1 all season until their loss to Alabama on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference title game.

“I am disgusted and infuriated with the committee’s decision today to have what was earned on the field taken away because a small group of people decided they knew better than the results of the games,” Florida State coach Mike Norvell said. “What is the point of playing games? Do you tell players it is okay to quit if someone goes down? Do you not play a senior on Senior Day for fear of injury? Where is the motivation to schedule challenging non-conference games?

“We are not only an undefeated (power five) conference champion, but we also played two P5 non-conference games away from home and won both of them. I don’t understand how we are supposed to think this is an acceptable way to evaluate a team.”

Florida State beat then-No. 5 LSU 45-24 in the season opener and topped another SEC team, Florida, on Nov. 25.

“I’m hurting for our players who have displayed a tremendous amount of resilience and response this season. What happened today goes against everything that is true and right in college football. A team that overcame tremendous adversity and found a way to win doing whatever it took on the field was cheated today. It’s a sad day for college football.”

Starting quarterback Jordan Travis suffered a season-ending injury against North Alabama on Nov. 18, and his backup, Tate Rodemaker, sustained a concussion against Florida. Third-stringer Brock Glenn was under center Saturday when Florida State defeated Louisville 16-6 on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

Travis wrote on social media that he was “devastated” and “heartbroken.”

“In so much disbelief rn,” he said. “I wish my leg broke earlier in the season so y’all could see this team is much more than the quarterback. I thought results matter. 13-0 and this roster matches up across any team in those top 4 rankings. I am so sorry. Go Noles!”

Boo Corrigan, the chairman of the CFP selection committee, said Travis’ loss to the team weighed on the committee’s decision to seed Michigan No. 1 and Washington No. 2. Those two undefeated teams were followed by a pair of 12-1 squads — No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Alabama.

“Florida State is a different team than they were the first 11 weeks,” Corrigan said on ESPN. “Coach Norvell, their players, their fans, had an incredible season. But when you look at who they are as a team right now, without Jordan Travis, without the offensive dynamic that he brings to it, they are a different team and the committee voted Alabama 4 and Florida State 5.”

Florida State athletic director Michael Alford said that thinking was just wrong.

“The fact that this team has continued to close out victories in dominant fashion facing our current quarterback situation should have enhanced our case to get a playoff berth earned on the field,” he said. “Instead, the committee decided to elevate themselves and ‘make history’ today by departing from what makes this sport great by excluding an undefeated Power 5 conference champion for the first time since the advent of the BCS/CFP era that began 25 years ago. This ridiculous decision is a departure from the competitive expectations that have stood the test of time in college football.

“Wins matter. Losses matter. Those that compete in the arena know this. Those on the committee who also competed in the sport and should have known this have forgotten it. Today, they changed the way success is assessed in college football, from a tangible metric — winning on the field — to an intangible, subjective one. Evidently, predicting the future matters more.”

ACC commissioner Jim Phillips agreed.

“It’s unfathomable that Florida State, an undefeated Power Five conference champion, was left out of the College Football Playoff,” Phillips said. “Their exclusion calls into question the selection process and whether the Committee’s own guidelines were followed, including the significant importance of being an undefeated Power Five conference champion.

“My heart breaks for the talented FSU student-athletes and coaches and their passionate and loyal fans. Florida State deserved better. College football deserved better.”

Some college football insiders were quick to jump on Florida State’s side, including analyst and former Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.

“Florida State EARNED their spot in the CFP on the field. With and Without Jordan Travis,” he wrote on social media. “You don’t punish or diminish the work of 100+ players and coaches because 1 player is not there on the field calling the shots. FSU always answered the bell this year and their response to losing their QB was to play POSSESSED ON DEFENSE. It’s an absolute travesty that they were excluded from the CFP.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 25, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) throws during the second half of the NCAA football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Ohio State lost 30-24.

Georgia, Michigan, Washington, Florida State lead CFP rankings

Georgia remained No. 1 and Michigan, Washington and Florida State moved up to the second through fourth spots in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s penultimate rankings on Tuesday night.

Michigan, last week’s No. 3 team, defeated then-No. 2 Ohio State 30-24 in their annual rivalry game last Saturday. The Buckeyes dropped four spots to No. 6, now beneath No. 5 Oregon.

After conference championship games conclude this Saturday, the committee will gather on Sunday to determine the four playoff teams and their semifinal matchups.

One crucial game is Friday’s Pac-12 championship game, a rematch between Washington and Oregon. The Huskies won 36-33 at home in the teams’ regular-season meeting, the only loss on the Ducks’ record. Heisman Trophy favorite Bo Nix and the Ducks will try to avenge that loss on a neutral field in Las Vegas.

Texas and Alabama remained at Nos. 7 and 8 and have an outside chance of breaking into the field of four this weekend. Texas faces No. 18 Oklahoma State in the Big 12 championship game, and Alabama takes on Georgia for the SEC title once again.

The full rankings are as follows:

1. Georgia (12-0)
2. Michigan (12-0)
3. Washington (12-0)
4. Florida State (12-0)
5. Oregon (11-1)
6. Ohio State (11-1)
7. Texas (11-1)
8. Alabama (11-1)
9. Missouri (10-2)
10. Penn State (10-2)
11. Ole Miss (10-2)
12. Oklahoma (10-2)
13. LSU (9-3)
14. Louisville (10-2)
15. Arizona (9-3)
16. Iowa (10-2)
17. Notre Dame (9-3)
18. Oklahoma State (9-3)
19. NC State (9-3)
20. Oregon State (8-4)
21. Tennessee (8-4)
22. Tulane (11-1)
23. Clemson (8-4)
24. Liberty (12-0)
25. Kansas State (8-4)

–Field Level Media

Nov 18, 2023; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Washington Huskies  quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) walks out of the team tunnel before the game against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Washington passes Florida State for fourth in CFP rankings

Washington moved past Florida State to take over the fourth and final projected playoff spot in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s weekly rankings update on Tuesday night.

Of the group of five 11-0 teams, Georgia, Ohio State and Michigan remained Nos. 1-3, but for the first time this season, Washington moved to No. 4.

Florida State lost star quarterback Jordan Travis for the year with a lower left leg injury in Saturday’s 58-13 win over North Alabama. Washington, meanwhile, beat then-No. 11 Oregon State 22-20 on the road for its fourth win over a team ranked inside the top 20 at the time.

Both Washington and Florida State have clinched spots in their respective conference title games. The Huskies’ Pac-12 championship game opponent has yet to be finalized, while Florida State will play Louisville.

Nos. 6-10 in the rankings remained the same from last week: Oregon, Texas, Alabama, Missouri and Louisville.

The full top 25 is below:

1. Georgia (11-0)
2. Ohio State (11-0)
3. Michigan (11-0)
4. Washington (11-0)
5. Florida State (11-0)
6. Oregon (10-1)
7. Texas (10-1)
8. Alabama (10-1)
9. Missouri (9-2)
10. Louisville (10-1)
11. Penn State (9-2)
12. Ole Miss (9-2)
13. Oklahoma (9-2)
14. LSU (8-3)
15. Arizona (8-3)
16. Oregon State (8-3)
17. Iowa (9-2)
18. Notre Dame (8-3)
19. Kansas State (8-3)
20. Oklahoma State (8-3)
21. Tennessee (7-4)
22. NC State (8-3)
23. Tulane (10-1)
24. Clemson (7-4)
25. Liberty (11-0)

–Field Level Media

Nov 11, 2023; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Daijun Edwards (30) runs against Mississippi Rebels cornerback Deantre Prince (7) during the first half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia leapfrogs Ohio State for CFP’s No. 1 ranking

Two-time defending national champion Georgia is back in the role of favorite after becoming the top team in the College Football Playoff rankings.

The Bulldogs (10-0) jumped ahead of Ohio State (10-0) in the latest rankings unveiled Tuesday night from Grapevine, Texas.

No. 3 Michigan (10-0) and No. 4 Florida State (10-0) remained in their previous spots.

The Buckeyes were the No. 1 team in both of the first two Tuesday rankings. However, the 13-person committee decided this time around that Georgia is the nation’s top team.

CFP committee chairman Boo Corrigan, the athletic director at North Carolina State, cited Georgia’s strong showings the past two weeks as big factors. The Bulldogs beat Missouri 30-21 two Saturdays and Ole Miss 52-17 last weekend.

“You look at the win last week over Missouri and the Mississippi game was tied 14-all and they go out on a 38-3 run and showed their dominance both on offense and defense,” Corrigan said. “Looking at the resume and everything combined, we thought Georgia was the best team this week.”

Washington (10-0) remains on the outside at No. 5 despite owning the nation’s second-longest winning streak at 17 games. Only Georgia (27) has reeled off more consecutive victories.

“Washington continues to win and had a really good defensive second half against Utah.” Corrigan said, referencing the Huskies’ 35-28 win. “But as we looked at it and evaluated … we ended up with Florida State at 4 and Washington at 5.”

Oregon (9-1) again checked in at No. 6 as its October loss to Washington remains the team’s lone blemish. The Ducks and Huskies could meet again in next month’s Pac-12 title game.

Texas (9-1) was again No. 7, just ahead of Alabama (9-1). The Longhorns defeated the Crimson Tide in September. Both teams need some of the teams ahead of them to lose contests.

Alabama will face Georgia in next month’s Southeastern Conference Championship Game, and a victory over the Bulldogs would greatly enhance the Crimson Tide’s resume.

Missouri (8-2) and Louisville (9-1) round out the top 10.

No. 11 Oregon State (8-2) is a real long shot but could create havoc if it upsets visiting Washington this Saturday.

Also this week, Georgia visits No. 18 Tennessee and Ohio State hosts Minnesota.

Michigan, without suspended coach Jim Harbaugh, will visit Maryland. Florida State hosts North Alabama of the FCS ranks.

Oregon visits Arizona State, Texas travels to Iowa State and Alabama will host FCS foe Chattanooga.

Tulane (9-1) of the American Athletic Conference is the only ranked team from a non-power league.

Penn State (8-2) is No. 12, followed by Ole Miss (8-2), Oklahoma (8-2) and LSU (7-3).

Iowa (8-2) sits at No. 16, followed by Arizona (7-3). Notre Dame (7-3) is No. 19, just ahead of North Carolina (8-2).

At No. 21 is Kansas State (7-3), ahead of Utah (7-3) and Oklahoma State (7-3). Kansas (7-3) is No. 25.

–Field Level Media