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Washington moves to No. 4, Michigan falls to No. 5 in latest CFP rankings

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The penultimate edition of the College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday and Washington moved into the No. 4 spot after Michigan’s double-overtime loss to Ohio State last week. Michigan dropped to No. 5, remaining ahead of No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 7 Penn State and No. 8 Colorado — all teams Michigan beat this season.

This leads into five days of debate of how the committee will handle Michigan over the eventual Big Ten champion and a possible Pac-12 champion Colorado.

Oklahoma checked in at No. 9 followed by Oklahoma State at No. 10, all but securing the Big 12’s second missed Playoff in three years. Colorado passed the Sooners at No. 8 ahead of Friday’s Pac-12 Championship against Washington.

Auburn dropped just one spot after last week’s loss to Alabama and remained one spot ahead of Florida, keeping the Tigers ahead of the Gators for the Sugar Bowl spot should Florida lose to the Tide in Saturday’s SEC Championship.

LSU rejoined the rankings for the umpteenth time at No. 21, as did ACC Championship participant Virginia Tech at No. 23 and Pittsburgh at No. 25.

The full rankings:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Washington
  5. Michigan
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Penn State
  8. Colorado
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. USC
  12. Florida State
  13. Louisville
  14. Auburn
  15. Florida
  16. West Virginia
  17. Western Michigan
  18. Stanford
  19. Navy
  20. Utah
  21. LSU
  22. Tennessee
  23. Virginia Tech
  24. Houston
  25. Pittsburgh

A&M, Auburn, Florida in play for ex-Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham

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It’s not yet known where Jarrett Stidham will continue his collegiate playing career.  But, when the quarterback does finally make a decision, it appears it’ll continue in the SEC.

On Twitter Tuesday morning, Stidham indicated that he was in Auburn for what would be his third visit to the campus in four months.  The former Baylor quarterback first visited the Tigers in early August.

In addition to Auburn, Stidham is also reportedly considering Florida and Texas A&M. It’s believed A&M could be the favorite as Stidham’s girlfriend currently plays soccer at Baylor and geography could come into play.

In July, Stidham confirmed rampant speculation via Twitter that he would be transferring from the Bears and continuing his playing career elsewhere.  The only restrictions on the quarterback’s transfer is that he’s not permitted to sign with another Big 12 program.  Stidham is currently enrolled at a junior college in Waco, although he didn’t play football this season.

A four-star member of the Bears’ 2015 recruiting class, Stidham was rated as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Texas.

Last season, Stidham started three games as a true freshman in place of the injured Seth Russell before going down with a broken ankle that ended his own season.

Stidham will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 regardless of where he lands. He’ll have three years of eligibility remaining.

Gus Malzahn expects Sean White back for Auburn’s bowl game

Auburn quarterback Sean White (13) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
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Auburn played its final two games of the season without injured quarterback Sean White, but Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn seems to feel comfortable in thinking he may be available for Auburn’s bowl game.

“Sean hung in there and tried to play against Georgia, but just wasn’t close,” Malzahn said. “We weren’t going to rush him back after that, but he should be fine for the bowl game.”

White was Auburn’s leading passer this season with 1,644 yards and nine touchdowns, with Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III serving as backups. A shoulder injury has been nagging him this season, forcing him to miss the final two games of the regular season.

Where Auburn’s bowl game is played ha snot been determined as of yet, although there is a strong possibility Auburn could be heading to the Sugar Bowl as the SEC’s next-best available option after Alabama is (likely) selected to play in the College Football Playoff for a third consecutive season. The Sugar Bowl is obligated to take the highest-ranked SEC team available if the SEC champion plays in the College Football Playoff in years the Sugar Bowl is not hosting a semifinal game. Auburn would be paired up with the Big 12 champion of either Oklahoma or Oklahoma State, unless a Big 12 champion is selected to play in the playoff. It appears the Big 12 could be locked out of the playoff this season barring a crazy sequence of events this coming weekend.

AP Top 25: Michigan dropped two spots to No. 5, USC cracks top 10 and many new faces arrive

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26:  (Center) Adoree' Jackson #2 of the USC Trojans celebrates with his teammates after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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The latest Associated Press top 25 saw some minor tweaking in the top 10 this week, which was to be expected with No. 2 Ohio State edging No. 5 Michigan in double overtime this weekend. The Wolverines fell two spots as a result of their road loss this weekend, while No. 3 Clemson moved up one spot and No. 6 Washington moved up two spots. Michigan stayed ahead of No. 6 Wisconsin (unlike in the coaches poll), and No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 8 Penn State and No. 9 Colorado held their spots in the AP poll this week.

Alabama remains the top-ranked team in the AP poll with all 61 first-place votes. No. 10 USC continues to climb the national polls and moves up to No. 10 this week in the AP poll. The Trojans bumped out No. 11 Oklahoma State. There was some more Pac-12 love this week as No. 17 Stanford returned to the AP poll after a strong finish. No. 19 Virgina Tech also entered the poll, as did No. 20 Navy, No. 22 Iowa and USF and Pittsburgh, who both tied for 24th in the AP poll.

Here is the full AP Top 25 heading into the final weekend of the regular season and conference championship week:

  1. Alabama (61 first-place votes)
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Washington
  5. Michigan
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Penn State
  9. Colorado
  10. USC
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Florida State
  13. Western Michigan
  14. West Virginia
  15. Florida
  16. Louisville
  17. Stanford
  18. Auburn
  19. Virginia Tech
  20. Navy
  21. LSU
  22. Iowa
  23. Nebraska
  24. USF
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Coaches Poll: Coaches rank Wisconsin ahead of Michigan (who beat the Badgers)

MADISON, WI - NOVEMBER 26:  Bart Houston #13 of the Wisconsin Badgers hands the ball off to Corey Clement #6 in the first quarter against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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The Amway Coaches Poll may be the most useless polling metric we still pay an ounce of attention to, and this week’s latest poll proves once again that may be the case. The No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers moved up one spot in this week’s poll, as did No. 4 Washington. Both teams took advantage of the one loss suffered within the top 10 this week as No. 6 Michigan dropped two spots in the coaches poll following a double-overtime loss on the road against No. 2 Ohio State.

This is mind-numbing because Michigan defeated Wisconsin this season, in which case those voting in the coaches poll have little regard for the head-to-head matchup between the Wolverines and Badgers. Both teams have identical 10-2 records, but Penn State is also sitting at 10-2 and they are back at No. 8 in the coaches poll. Michigan has head-to-head wins against the Badgers and Nittany Lions, but Michigan has lost two game sin November. Is Michigan simply being punished for limping down the stretch? Perhaps.

There is no disputing the top spot of course. Alabama remains No. 1 with all 64 first-place votes in the coaches poll, followed by Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson. No. 7 Oklahoma remained where they were during their bye week, as did No. 9 Colorado and No. 10 Oklahoma State.

Continuing to creep up the coaches poll is No. 11 USC, followed by Florida State, West Virginia and Western Michigan. No. 15 Louisville fell four spots this week after a loss to Kentucky, and No. 16 Florida fell three spots after losing to Florida State. No. 17 Stanford made a huge jump, up 10 spots after a win against Rice. No. 18 Virginia Tech also had a nice jump, up eight spots. No. 20 Navy was also bumped up nine spots this week. No. 23 South Florida also cracks the top 25 of the coaches poll, while Temple is not despite a head-to-head win over the Bulls and having clinched the division title this weekend to keep the Bulls out of the AAC Championship Game.

Here is this week’s coaches poll heading into the final weekend of the season (aside from the Army-Navy Game).

  1. Alabama (64 first-place votes)
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Washington
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Michigan
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Penn State
  9. Colorado
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. USC
  12. Florida State
  13. West Virginia
  14. Western Michigan
  15. Louisville
  16. Florida
  17. Stanford
  18. Virginia Tech
  19. Auburn
  20. Navy
  21. LSU
  22. Nebraska
  23. South Florida
  24. Utah
  25. Iowa