College Football Playoff Rankings See Michigan Jump To No. 2; Super Saturday May Create Chaos

Michigan (11-1) jumped from No. 5 to No. 2 in the College Football Rankings released on Tuesday night on the strength of its 42-27 upset of No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday.

Georgia (12-0) remained No. 1 heading into the final pre-playoffs rankings that come out at 11 a.m. central time on Sunday. Alabama (11-1) remained No. 3 after struggling against 6-5 Auburn for a 24-22 win in four overtimes. Cincinnati (12-0) stayed at No. 4.

Oklahoma State (11-1) jumped two spots to No. 5 after beating Oklahoma, which fell four spots to No. 14.

Notre Dame (11-1) remained at No. 6, but it has a chance to move up should Georgia beat Alabama in the SEC title game on Saturday (3 p.m., CBS) and another top five team falls in one of the conference championship games.

The Fighting Irish, though, are a team without a coach at the moment, however, with coach Brian Kelly accepting the LSU job on Monday night. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick does not plan on naming an interim coach from the present staff so each coach can continue in their roles while he looks for a replacement. The Irish do not have game until a CFP semifinal or a bowl.

There could be chaos in the final rankings after a Saturday schedule involving critical games. The two national semifinal games set for Dec. 31 at the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas, and the Orange Bowl in Miami will be set Sunday with the bowl game pairings to follow.

Michigan will have to get by No. 13 Iowa (10-2) in the Big Ten championship game at 8 p.m. on FOX to stay in the final four. A perfect season for Cincinnati rides on the Atlantic Coast Conference title game (3 p.m., ABC) against No. 21 Houston (11-1). And Oklahoma State will try to stay in contention against No. 9 Baylor (10-2) in the Big 12 title game at 11 a.m. on ABC.

Ohio State (10-2) dropped five spots to No. 7 after the loss to Michigan. Ole Miss (10-2) is at No. 8, and Oregon (10-2) is at No. 10.

Finishing off the top 15 were Michigan State (10-2) at No. 11, No. 12 BYU (10-2), No. 13 Iowa (10-2), No. 14 Oklahoma (10-2) and Pittsburgh (10-2) at No. 15.

Rounding out the final 10 spots are No. 16 Wake Forest (10-2), No. 17 Utah (9-3), No. 18 North Carolina State (9-3), No. 19 San Diego State (11-1), No. 20 Clemson (9-3), No. 21 Houston (11-1), No. 22 Arkansas (8-4), No. 23 Kentucky (9-3) No. 24 Louisiana (11-1) and No. 25 Texas A&M (8-4).

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Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests. A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention. Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at, and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.