The first College Football Playoff rankings of 2016 were released last week, and the Top 25 had a different look to it in Week 11.
Five SEC teams were ranked in the Top 25 last week, and that number remained the same in the latest edition. However, a new team was added to the party while another dropped out.
As expected, Alabama held on to its No. 1 ranking from a week ago following a 10-0 win against LSU last weekend. The Crimson Tide now hold a 9-0 record with contests against Mississippi State, Chattanooga and Auburn remaining on the schedule.
The coveted top four spots were rounded out by Clemson (No. 2), Michigan (No. 3) and Washington (No. 4). Should the College Football Playoff occur on Tuesday, those four teams would make up the NCAA’s third College Football Playoff, and Alabama would take on the Huskies.
Texas A&M, which was ranked No. 4 last week, fell to No. 8 following a disappointing loss to Mississippi State over the weekend. To make matters worse, coach Kevin Sumlin announced on Tuesday that starting quarterback Trevor Knight will miss the remainder of the regular season after injuring his shoulder against the Bulldogs.
Auburn was the SEC’s third-highest ranked team after the Tigers squeezed out a tough win against Vanderbilt in Week 10. The Tigers earned a No. 9 ranking for their efforts, but face another challenging SEC East opponent this week in Georgia. Auburn fell, 20-13, to the Bulldogs last season at home.
LSU dropped in the latest rankings after appearing in the top-15 last week. The Tigers dropped from No. 13 to No. 24 after their loss to Alabama over the weekend. The Tigers played the Crimson Tide to one of their best games of the season, but were help to 125 yards of total offense.
Arkansas was the only new SEC added to the Top 25 after routing Florida, 31-10, over the weekend. The Razorbacks landed at No. 25, and it marks the first time that they have appeared in the College Football Playoff rankings this season.
Florida dropped out of the Top 25 after suffering their second SEC contest of the season against Arkansas. Florida still holds on to the SEC East lead with conference games against South Carolina and LSU still on the schedule.
|14||Virginia Tech|| |
|16||West Virginia|| |
|17||North Carolina|| |
|18||Florida State|| |
|20||Southern Cal|| |
|21||Western Michigan|| |
|22||Boise State|| |
|23||Washington State|| |