The weekly College Football Playoff rankings is a made-for-television event that will change each week, and likely make a huge change after conference title games. However, for the Group of Five teams it is a good measuring stick of what team has the edge to make it to a lucrative New Year's Day Bowl.
East Carolina falling to Temple opens the door wide open for an undefeated Marshall, Mountain West leading Boise State and Colorado State. The Pirates are not out of it since they still can win the American and remember conference title's are required.
Here is the pecking order for the Group of Five teams:
1. Marshall: Because they are undefeated and that should matter
2. Boise State: Their two loses are to Ole Miss who is in the top 12 and Air Force is going bowling and could win as many eight games.
3. East Carolina: They have to first win the American and make up for a bad loss to Temple. It would help if Boise State slips up.
4. Colorado State: The Rams need help since a conference title is required, yet they are likely the best of the bunch.
5. There is no other team in the running.
Here are the rankings and as you notice there is no Group of Five team is in the mix and these bowl projections add Ole Miss to take that spot for the time being.
|Rank||Team||Last week||Week 10 result||Toughest opponent left (per F/+)||If the season ended today ...|
|1||Mississippi State (8-0)||1||Won 17-10 vs. Arkansas||Ole Miss||Sugar Bowl vs. Oregon|
|2||Florida State (8-0)||2||Won 42-31 at No. 25 Louisville||Miami||Rose Bowl vs. Auburn|
|3||Auburn (7-1)||3||Won 35-31 at No. 4 Ole Miss||Alabama||Rose Bowl vs. Florida State|
|4||Oregon (8-1)||5||Won 45-16 vs. Stanford||Utah||Sugar Bowl vs. Mississippi State|
|5||Alabama (7-1)||6||Idle||Auburn||Orange Bowl|
|6||TCU (7-1)||7||Won 31-30 at No. 20 WVU||Kansas State||New Year's bowl|
|7||Kansas State (7-1)||9||Won 48-14 vs. Oklahoma St.||TCU||New Year's bowl|
|8||Michigan State (7-1)||8||Idle||Ohio State||New Year's bowl|
|9||Arizona State (7-1)||14||Won 19-16 vs. No. 17 Utah||Notre Dame||New Year's bowl|
|10||Notre Dame (7-1)||10||Won 49-39 at Navy||Louisville||New Year's bowl|
|11||Ole Miss (7-2)||4||Lost 35-31 vs. No. 3 Auburn||Mississippi State||New Year's bowl|
|12||Baylor (7-1)||13||Won 60-14 vs. Kansas||Oklahoma|
|13||Nebraska (8-1)||15||Won 35-14 vs. Purdue||Wisconsin|
|14||Ohio State (7-1)||16||Won 55-14 vs. Illinois||Michigan State|
|15||Oklahoma (6-2)||18||Won 59-14 at Iowa St.||Baylor|
|17||Utah (6-2)||17||Lost 19-16 at No. 14 Arizona St.||Oregon|
|18||UCLA (7-2)||22||Won 17-7 vs. No. 12 Arizona||USC|
|19||Arizona (6-2)||12||Lost 17-7 at No. 22 UCLA||Arizona State|
|20||Georgia (6-2)||11||Lost 38-20 vs. Florida||Auburn|
|21||Clemson (6-2)||21||Idle||Georgia Tech||Orange Bowl|
|22||Duke (7-1)||24||Won 51-48 at Pittsburgh||Virginia Tech|
|23||West Virginia (6-3)||20||Lost 31-30 vs. No. 7 TCU||Kansas State|
|24||Georgia Tech (7-2)||NR||Won 35-10 vs. Virginia||Clemson|
|25||Wisconsin (6-2)||NR||Won 37-0 at Rutgers||Nebraska|