The second edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings was released Tuesday night with undefeated Georgia and one-loss Alabama remaining as the top two programs in the four-team field. With previously unbeaten and third-ranked Michigan State being upset by Purdue on Saturday, a spot opened in the top four. Oregon moved up to No. 3 with Ohio State filling out the bracket in the final slot.
The Spartans not only fell out of the top four but dropped behind rival Michigan, which Michigan State beat head-to-head just a couple weeks ago. The Wolverines step up to No. 6 with the Spartans at No. 7.
Cincinnati, at 9-0 with two Power Five wins, ascended one spot to No. 5 after a closer-than-expected win over Tulsa. As such, the Bearcats set a new mark for highest-ranked Group of Five program in this history of the CFP Rankings.
The lone other undefeated Power Five program, Oklahoma, stayed pat at No. 8 after sitting home for an off week. The Sooners will have a chance to jump in the rankings next week after they face No. 13 Baylor on Saturday.
Notably absent from the initial CFP Rankings last week was Penn State and undefeated UTSA out of Conference USA. The Nittany Lions, despite having two wins against teams in the new top 25, remained unranked, while the Roadrunners debuted this week at No. 23.
Let’s take a look at the entire CFP Rankings top 25. Analysis from CBS Sports bowls expert Jerry Palm will be added momentarily.
College Football Playoff Rankings, Nov. 9
Georgia (9-0)Alabama (8-1)Oregon (8-1)Ohio State (8-1)Cincinnati (9-0)Michigan (8-1)Michigan State (8-1)Oklahoma (9-0)Notre Dame (8-1)Oklahoma State (8-1)Texas A&M (7-2)Wake Forest (8-1)Baylor (7-2)BYU (8-2)Ole Miss (7-2)NC State (7-2)Auburn (6-3)Wisconsin (6-3)Purdue (6-3)Iowa…..