For 3rd week, 'Bama, Clemson, ND, Mich top CFP; UCF's path

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"While UCF may not have the depth or talent of Ohio State, the committee felt that right now, today, after Week 12, UCF has the more all-around, complete team", said Mullens, Oregon's athletic director. Penn State is 12th. The Cougars, coming off a Peach Bowl victory like UCF this season, beat two highly ranked Power Five teams with star quarterback that season - Oklahoma with Baker Mayfield and Louisville with Lamar Jackson.

The top-8 in this week's college football playoff rankings remain the same, but 8-10 is where the fun starts.

UCF was not in the top 10 in the final CFP rankings in 2017 after an undefeated regular season.

Georgia remained No. 5, followed by Oklahoma at sixth.

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The Sooners' 59-56 win on Friday night over West Virginia was their best of the season. but Ohio State's win on Saturday was better.

The Panthers (7-4) are one of the keys that could help UCF pick the lock on the playoff. The Big 12 championship game will be an opportunity for Oklahoma to show the committee it can beat Texas and avenge its only loss of the season - a 48-45 setback in Dallas on October 6. Notre Dame is now in position to secure a berth in the playoffs with a win this weekend against arch-rival USC.

Florida jumped two spots to No. 11. The conference title game losers could still be in the mix, but what if these are the conference title games losers? Upsets are sweeter and sting more in rivalry games, and you may want to look at some of the recent weeks results from other rivalry games to keep your own emotions and cash in check if you feel like betting on mostly big favorites and stronger teams. Two-loss LSU took care of Rice. At that point, wouldn't the committee have to give UCF a chance?