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 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

Nov 4, 2023; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Carnell Tate (17) congratulates wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) after he scored a touchdown during the NCAA football game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at SHI Stadium. Ohio State won 35-16.

Top 8 of CFP rankings unaltered ahead of massive weekend matchups

Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan and Florida State remained in playoff positions in Tuesday night’s second edition of the College Football Playoff rankings as the top eight teams were unchanged from a week ago.

The Buckeyes, Bulldogs, Wolverines, Seminoles and No. 5 Washington all improved to 9-0 this week with wins of at least nine points. The next three hopefuls — Oregon, Texas and Alabama — also won to improve to 8-1 and remain at Nos. 6, 7 and 8, respectively.

It was a surprise to many last week that Ohio State was given the initial No. 1 spot over a streaking Georgia team ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25. The Bulldogs won their 26th straight game this week, 30-21 over then-No. 12 Missouri, and the Buckeyes trailed Rutgers 9-7 at halftime before pulling away to win 35-16.

CFP committee chair Boo Corrigan, the athletic director at NC State, said in an ESPN interview that teams’ resumes are one of many factors they must consider at this time of year.

“We’re looking to add onto what is their resume, how do they look, who’s been out, who’s coming back?” Corrigan said. “To make sure, with strength of schedule, with the statistics, with watching the games, including everyone in the room just to make sure we’re getting all the varying opinions.”

Ole Miss and Penn State each rose one spot to Nos. 9 and 10 ahead of their massive top-10 games this Saturday. The Rebels, who beat Texas A&M 38-35 last weekend, will pay a visit to defending national champion Georgia, while the Nittany Lions will host Michigan after thrashing Maryland 51-15 on the road.

Louisville, Oregon State, Tennessee and Missouri checked in at Nos. 11-14.

Oklahoma dropped eight spots to No. 17 while Oklahoma State leaped seven spots to No. 15 following the Cowboys’ 27-24 win in the Bedlam rivalry game. The Sooners and Cowboys sandwiched another Big 12 team, Kansas, at No. 16.

Utah, LSU and Notre Dame completed the top 20, with LSU and Notre Dame dropping following their third losses of the season.

Arizona debuted in the rankings at No. 21 after its third straight win against a previously ranked Pac-12 foe. The Wildcats’ 27-10 win over then-No. 19 UCLA knocked the Bruins out of the top 25.

Iowa reentered at No. 22, followed by Tulane, North Carolina and Kansas State.

Corrigan again was asked for the committee’s stance on the latest surrounding the sign-stealing scandal at Michigan. After Corrigan said the investigation was an NCAA issue — not a CFP issue — last Tuesday, controversial football analyst Connor Stalions has since stepped down at Michigan and the Big Ten has served the school notice of potential discipline.

“Not to be repetitive … our mission as a committee is to judge the teams that are eligible for the postseason,” Corrigan said. “And until something changes in that, we’re gonna continue to follow that track and make sure that we’re following the protocols.”

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

–Field Level Media

Nov 4, 2023; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) catches a 4-yard touchdown in front of Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Robert Longerbeam (7) during the second half of the NCAA football game at SHI Stadium. Ohio State won 35-16.

No. 1 Georgia, top teams hold places in AP Top 25

The Associated Press Top 25 voters and the College Football Playoff committee disagree when it comes to the order of the top three teams in the nation.

In the most recent AP Top 25 poll, released Sunday, Georgia held on to the No. 1 spot, followed by Michigan and Ohio State. That’s the same result as last Sunday’s poll but a variance of the first CFP standings when they were announced Tuesday, which had Ohio State at No. 1, followed by Georgia and Michigan.

All three teams won Saturday to move to 9-0. They are followed by another pair of 9-0 teams — No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 Washington.

The top nine were unchanged from last week. No. 6 Oregon is followed by Texas, Alabama and Penn State in a collection of 8-1 teams. No. 10 Ole Miss moved up one spot when previous No. 10 Oklahoma fell to 17 following its rivalry loss to Oklahoma State.

Notre Dame (7-3) fell 10 places to No. 22 following its loss to unranked Clemson. Southern California dropped out of the Top 25 for the first time in the Lincoln Riley era as the Trojans now have lost three of their last four games — surrendering an average of 45.8 points per game.

In contrast to the Irish and Trojans was Oklahoma State (7-2), which had yet to be ranked this season but entered the poll at No. 15.

Three other teams moved into the rankings this week — No. 23 Arizona, No. 24 North Carolina and No. 25 Liberty. Arizona has bested three straight ranked opponents following its win Saturday over UCLA. Liberty is 9-0.

The Bruins fell out of the poll, as did previously unbeaten Air Force and Kansas State, which lost in overtime to Texas.

–Field Level Media

Oct 21, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes mascot Brutus Buckeye greets fans before a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan, Georgia top CFP title odds after first rankings

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee has spoken, and sports betting fans can see their favorite school’s path to a title.

Embattled Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t scared. He saw what the committee, chaired by a guy named Boo (Corrigan, athletic director at North Carolina State), did on Halloween and is ready for the challenge.

Rival Ohio State, with coach Ryan Day furiously working to bring a national title back to Columbus, Ohio, is ready for its likely win-and-you’re-in showdown with the Wolverines on Nov. 25.

When the smoke cleared after the CFP rankings were released, a couple of schools carried more value than others, and the race was on.

Day’s Buckeyes received the CFP’s No. 1 ranking, while Georgia, the top team in the AP poll all season, fell to No. 2.

Michigan, Florida State and Washington sit third, fourth and fifth, respectively, to round out an unbeaten top five.

Oregon (No. 6), Texas (7), Alabama (8), Oklahoma (9) and Ole Miss (10) — all carrying 7-1 records — completed the top 10.

We have news, odds and betting value for fans eager to get a jump on their CFP wagers.

THE BACKDROP

How is this going to play out?

With Rutgers, Michigan State and Minnesota on the menu, let’s pencil in the Buckeyes to stay perfect entering the Nov. 25 matchup with Michigan.

The Wolverines have Purdue before a key test at Penn State. Michigan then visits Maryland before its game at The Big House against Ohio State.

Washington and Oregon are headed toward a similar win-and-you’re-in matchup in the Pac-12 title game, should both schools keep winning.

Washington travels to Los Angeles to face Southern California on Saturday, then hosts Utah before visiting Oregon State. The Huskies finish up at home against Washington State and, if still unbeaten, would play the conference championship game in Las Vegas.

Oregon has Cal and USC at home, visits Arizona State and finishes at home against Oregon State. Win those games, and the Ducks punch their ticket to Las Vegas as well.

Florida State has the easiest path to an unbeaten finish: at Pitt, at home against Miami and North Alabama and at Florida. The Seminoles would then very likely meet Louisville (7-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) in Charlotte in the ACC title game.

And then there’s two-time defending champ Georgia, which defeated Ohio State 42-41 in last season’s CFP semifinals.

With the weakest of schedules among the current unbeatens, Florida State can’t afford a slip-up. And even if the Seminoles remain unbeaten, they might have a major disappointment coming.

Per FanDuel, the Seminoles are the best bet to reach the playoff but only the third-best choice to win the title.

THE ODDS BOARD

Team Playoff Title:
–Florida State -250 +550
–Georgia -210 +250
–Michigan -150 +250
–Ohio State +110 +700
–Washington +155 +1700
–Oregon +165 +1400
–Texas +200 +1700
–Alabama +250 +1600
–Oklahoma +310 +3500
–LSU +550 +3500

THE NEWS

Buckeyes fans were disappointed after hearing Tuesday’s announcement that running back Miyan Williams would have a procedure that will force him to miss the remainder of the season.

Williams, Ohio State’s leader in rushing yards and touchdowns last season, led the ground attack in the Oct. 21 victory over Penn State.

It’s Ohio State, though, so it’s far from a disaster. TreVeyon Henderson and Chip Trayanum have been strong all season and, pending health, will continue to pace a versatile offense.

Michigan, meanwhile, assumed a narrow favorite’s position at BetMGM, coming in at +240 to Georgia’s +250 to win it all.

Other factors now worthy of discussion include whether a two-loss team, LSU, can reach the final four.

The Tigers (6-2, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) must run the table, including a win on Saturday at Alabama, and then stop Georgia (if the Bulldogs remain unbeaten) in the SEC championship game to earn strong consideration from the committee.

It seems highly unlikely that LSU would be denied if that were the case.

If that matchup were to be Georgia’s lone loss, would the Bulldogs slip from No. 2 all the way out of the playoff lineup? All that depends on whether the top schools largely win out.

THE BETTING VALUE

In seeking potential bang for your buck, look no further than Oregon.

The Ducks, at +1400 at FanDuel to win the national championship, would appear to have a comfortable path to the playoff after Florida State was placed fourth in the CFP rankings.

Oregon faces ranked Southern California, Oregon State and, with victories in those contests, very likely Washington — now that’s a strength-of-schedule component likely to improve, especially compared with the Seminoles’ remaining opponents.

The committee has six Pac-12 schools among its top 20, so the Ducks and Huskies will enjoy the extra weight of their opponents in November.

And how about No. 12 Missouri, which travels to Athens, Ga., for a Saturday matchup with Georgia? An admittedly huge upset would put the Tigers on the path toward the SEC title game.

A win there? You have to believe they would be in.

Take a shot with Missouri at +5000 to reach the playoff (and/or +40000 to win it all).

The chalky wager would be on the Big Ten champ, but it’s easy money only if you know who will win the Michigan-Ohio State regular-season finale.

The scariest scenario? It’s the zombie Crimson Tide, whose last major test comes at home Saturday against LSU.

A victory there, followed by wins over Kentucky, Chattanooga and Auburn, places coach Nick Saban’s improving team in the SEC championship.

Alabama, at +1600 to win the CFP national title, sounds like a nice value, doesn’t it?

–Field Level Media

Jul 26, 2023; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws the ball as quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier watches during training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy football: 2023 QB rankings; trust Russ, Rodgers?

Rush to draft your quarterback if you must, but the depth implies there’s plenty to go around at the position in 2023.

Teams holding late picks in fantasy drafts should still be in position to land a volume scorer.

For the sake of argument, the chances Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert meets or exceeds Joe Burrow’s passing totals this season are quite high, even before Burrow limped his way out of training camp with a calf injury.

Here’s a peek at the fantasy football QB rankings for 2023:

1. Josh Allen, Bills
Until the Bills establish a formidable running game, we continue to punt the theory that Allen won’t run the ball in the red zone. He tied for 15th in the NFL last season with seven rushing TDs and tied for second with 35 TD passes.

2. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
No more doubting Mahomes. Travis Kelce serves as an enormous security blanket and even without a proven No. 1 wide receiver outside, Mahomes was his MVP self last season. He averaged more than 300 yards and had at least one TD toss in every game.

3. Jalen Hurts, Eagles
Next-level Michael Vick is where Hurts took the bar last season, his second consecutive with at least 10 rushing touchdowns, a claim no other QB can make. Hurts accounted for at least one touchdown (passing or rushing) in 14 of his 15 starts in 2022.

4. Joe Burrow, Bengals
Burrow passed for at least 300 yards in 11 regular-season games over two seasons even while being sacked an NFL-high 92 times.

5. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
He’s etching plays in the playbook and not sweating his next payday. The return of MVP Lamar? He topped 750 rushing yards for the fourth consecutive season and the Ravens might finally have the right mix at wide receiver.

6. Justin Fields, Bears
Three games with 130-plus rushing yards in 2022 helped fantasy owners, but it’s no path to longevity in the NFL. Significant additions on the offensive line and at receiver — hello, D.J. Moore — elevate Fields’ potential to chase 30 (passing TDs) and 10 (rushing TDs).

7. Justin Herbert, Chargers
Looking for a QB to reach for in the draft? This might be the guy. Kellen Moore plans a lot of nine routes — fly patterns, go routes and verts, if you will — as offensive coordinator and Herbert won’t be shy about letting it rip.

8. Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars
Calvin Ridley brings a relevant receiver to the equation and ups the chess options for Lawrence.

9. Deshaun Watson, Browns
Teams knocked rust off Watson last season and he’s driving the Cleveland offense with a co-pilot in top-rated running back Nick Chubb.

10. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
A more complete WR corps gives us confidence Prescott’s numbers are ready to jump and those INT totals drop.

11. Aaron Rodgers, Jets
12. Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins
13. Derek Carr, Saints
14. Kirk Cousins, Vikings
15. Jared Goff, Lions
16. Daniel Jones, Giants
17. Geno Smith, Seahawks
18. Russell Wilson, Broncos
19. Matthew Stafford, Rams
20. Kenny Pickett, Steelers

2023 Sleeper: Jordan Love, Packers
Green Bay is well-stocked at running back but if the Packers get rapid growth from their wide receiver and tight end projects, Love could quickly jump into spot-start consideration as a No. 2 fantasy QB.

Pass on this QB: Jimmy Garoppolo, Raiders
With one 300-yard game in San Francisco last season, Jimmy G is not a notorious high producer and history says at age 31 he’s more likely to land on IR than post his first 30-TD season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson (17) celebrates his touchdown reception during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy football: 2023 WR rankings highlight emerging Garrett Wilson

Aaron Rodgers landing with the New York Jets changes a few things in the fantasy football landscape.

For starters, the value of NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Garrett Wilson shot through the roof. The wide receiver instantly drew comparisons to Rodgers’ former favorite target, Davante Adams, who rolls with rather exclusive All-Pro company.

Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, with 324 receptions in his first 50 NFL games, continues to smash records and stands as one of the most coveted players in fantasy football in 2023.

If drafting today, here’s our analyst’s rating of the top 25 fantasy football wide receivers for 2023:

1. Justin Jefferson, Vikings
Being solid as a baseline and sensational with regularity is the way to win your fantasy title. Jefferson had eight touchdowns last season, a modest total for No. 1 overall pick consideration, but 10 games with 100-plus yards (including 184, 154, 193 and 223) and six games with 10 or more receptions.

2. Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals
At 23, Chase already has plenty of pelts on the wall. Jefferson’s teammate at LSU should continue rising provided he avoids injuries. An Offensive Player of the Year type of season is infinitely possible.

3. Tyreek Hill, Dolphins
Hill changed teams and promptly had 119 receptions, while also demolishing Mark Clayton’s team record for receiving yards with 1,710 in his first season in Miami.

4. Garrett Wilson, Jets
Aaron Rodgers? Yes, please. Wilson topped 1,100 yards last season and posted 100-yard games with these fellas: Joe Flacco, Zach Wilson and Mike White. Grab him early and don’t apologize.

5. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions
Get to know him. Try to own him, fantasy freaks. He’s tops in NFL history in receptions (196) and games with eight-plus catches (11) and second in receiving yards (2,073) through a player’s first two seasons.

6. Cooper Kupp, Rams
The Rams had to tap the brakes on Kupp during training camp. Considering he turned 30 this summer and played only nine games last season, this is a buyer beware player with an unstable QB situation. When he’s right — well, Kupp won the Triple Crown two seasons ago with the most catches, yards and TD catches in the NFL.

7. Davante Adams, Raiders
Maybe the QB doesn’t matter for Adams. We might be about to find out. He has six seasons with 10-plus TD receptions.

8. Stefon Diggs, Bills
Josh Allen’s WR1 might lose red-zone touches as Buffalo buys into spreading the ball around, and he was angry throughout the offseason. If he goes full diva mode, we apologize for not ranking him lower. Consider this a mild warning.

9. CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
Lamb appeared to round into form with Dak Prescott in the lineup, posting 100-yard games in five of the final nine last season and setting a career-best with nine TDs.

10. A.J. Brown, Eagles
Brown fell four yards shy of 1,500 in his first season with the Eagles and an encore or better should be doable.

11. Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins
12. DeVonta Smith, Eagles
13. DK Metcalf, Seahawks
14. Tee Higgins, Bengals
15. Chris Olave, Saints
16. Deebo Samuel, 49ers
17. Keenan Allen, Chargers
18. D.J. Moore, Bears
19. Amari Cooper, Browns
20. Mike Williams, Chargers
21. DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals
22. Calvin Ridley, Jaguars
23. Terry McLaurin, Commanders
24. George Pickens, Steelers
25. Mike Evans, Buccaneers

–Field Level Media

Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter (88) and Georgia linebacker Nolan Smith (4) run a drill during UGA Pro Day in Athens, Ga., on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

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2023 NFL Draft: Top 5 prospects by position

Ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft, Field Level Media draft analysts ranked the top five prospects at every position.

Quarterback
1. Bryce Young, Alabama
2. C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
3. Anthony Richardson, Florida
4. Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
5. Will Levis, Kentucky

Running back
1. Bijan Robinson, Texas
2. Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama
3. Zach Charbonnet, UCLA
4. Tyjae Spears, Tulane
5. Devon Achane, Texas A&M

Wide receiver
1. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State
2. Quentin Johnston, TCU
3. Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee
4. Jordan Addison, USC
5. Zay Flowers, Boston College

Tight end
1. Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
2. Dalton Kincaid, Utah
3. Darnell Washington, Georgia
4. Sam LaPorta, Iowa
5. Luke Musgrave, Oregon State

Offensive line
1. OT Paris Johnson, Ohio State
2. OT Peter Skoronski, Northwestern
3. OG O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida
3. OT Broderick Jones, Georgia
5. OT Darnell Wright, Tennessee

Defensive line
1. DE Will Anderson Jr., Alabama
2. DT Jalen Carter, Georgia
3. DE Tyree Wilson, Texas Tech
4. DE Lukas Van Ness, Iowa
5. DE Myles Murphy, Clemson
5. DT Bryan Bresee, Clemson

Linebacker
1. Nolan Smith, Georgia
2. Jack Campbell, Iowa
3. Drew Sanders, Arkansas
4. Trenton Simpson, Clemson
5. Henry To’oTo’o, Alabama

Cornerback
1. Devon Witherspoon, Illinois
2. Christian Gonzalez, Oregon
3. Joey Porter Jr., Penn State
4. Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State
5. Kelee Ringo, Georgia

Safety
1. Brian Branch, Alabama
2. Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M
3. Sydney Brown, Illinois
4. JL Skinner, Boise State
5. Ji’Ayir Brown, Penn State

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2022; Gainesville, Florida, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Kayshon Boutte (7) and head coach Brian Kelly celebrate after they beat the Florida Gators  at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LSU up to No. 5 as CFP rankings’ top four remain unchanged

Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU occupied the first four positions of the College Football Playoff rankings for the third straight week, with two-loss LSU claiming the No. 5 spot in the newest edition of the rankings Tuesday.

LSU and Southern California each moved up one spot to Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. Alabama, Clemson, Oregon and Tennessee rounded out the top 10. Tennessee dropped five spots after its surprise 63-38 loss to South Carolina that featured a torn ACL to the Vols’ Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback, Hendon Hooker.

USC beat then-No. 16 UCLA in a 48-45 thriller Saturday, improving the Trojans’ record to 10-1.

USC’s only loss came in October on the road at Utah, currently ranked No. 14, 43-42. But LSU (9-2) has wins over Ole Miss and Alabama, which were ranked in the top seven nationally at the times of the games.

“There’s reasons for USC to be at 5. There’s reasons for LSU to be at 5,” CFP chairman Boo Corrigan said in an ESPN interview. “As we looked at it, (LSU’s) wins over Alabama and Mississippi carried the day more so than (USC’s) wins over UCLA and Oregon State. … The good win that (USC) had on Saturday was 48-45. I think some of the members of the committee, as we looked at it, wanted to see a little bit more from their defense, as well as the overall strength of schedule from LSU.”

Each top-four team stayed in place after a nail-biting week. Georgia went on the road and beat Kentucky 16-6; Ohio State rallied from a halftime deficit to top Maryland 43-30; and Michigan and TCU needed last-second field goals to beat Illinois and Baylor, respectively.

Second-ranked Ohio State hosts No. 3 Michigan on Saturday.

The quartet are the only four unbeaten teams left in FBS.

1. Georgia
2. Ohio State
3. Michigan
4. TCU
5. LSU
6. Southern California
7. Alabama
8. Clemson
9. Oregon
10. Tennessee
11. Penn State
12. Kansas State
13. Washington
14. Utah
15. Notre Dame
16. Florida State
17. North Carolina
18. UCLA
19. Tulane
20. Ole Miss
21. Oregon State
22. UCF
23. Texas
24. Cincinnati
25. Louisville

–Field Level Media

Oregon's Kris Hutson remains in the end zone after the team's loss against Washington Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.

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Georgia still No. 1, Oregon slides in new CFP rankings

The top five teams remained unchanged, and Oregon slipped out of the top 10 as the third College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday night.

Georgia remained No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Michigan and TCU. All four are 10-0. Tennessee (9-1) remained fifth.

Oregon (8-2) slid from sixth to 12th after losing 37-34 to Washington last Saturday. Washington moved up from 25th to 17th thanks to that win.

Georgia had ascended from No. 3 to No. 1 last week after beating Tennessee 27-13. Then the Bulldogs moved to 7-0 in the Southeastern Conference play with a 45-19 win at Mississippi State on Saturday.

Ohio State (7-0 Big Ten) has held the second spot in all three weeks of the rankings. The Buckeyes and Michigan (7-0 Big Ten) play their annual Big Game on Nov. 26 in Columbus, Ohio.

TCU, which moved up three spots last week, stayed steady at No. 4 after holding on to beat Texas 17-10 on Saturday. Texas, which had been 18th, dropped out of the rankings.

“You’re looking for improvement during the course of the year,” Boo Corrigan, the CFP committee chairman, said of TCU, in a televised ESPN interview.

No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Southern California, No. 8 Alabama and No. 9 Clemson all moved up a spot as Oregon dropped. Utah rounded out the top 10 with a jump from No. 13.

Southern California demolished Colorado 55-17 on Friday.

“They’ve continued to win games,” Corrigan told ESPN. “They have the one loss in Utah, in a really emotional (43-42) game, if you remember back to that game. That’s the one loss they have, the one blemish they have.”

The full rankings:
1. Georgia
2. Ohio State
3. Michigan
4. TCU
5. Tennessee
6. LSU
7. Southern California
8. Alabama
9. Clemson
10. Utah
11. Penn State
12. Oregon
13. North Carolina
14. Mississippi
15. Kansas State
16. UCLA
17. Washington
18. Notre Dame
19. Florida State
20. UCF
21. Tulane
22. Oklahoma State
23. Oregon State
24. NC State
25. Cincinnati

–Field Level Media