Texas sneaks into top 15 in latest College Football Playoff rankings

Paola Ditto
Novembre 15, 2018

Tuesday night's College Football Playoff rankings didn't come with many surprises.

The 10 teams at the top of the rankings are in the same positions they occupied on November 6.

UCF moved up one spot to No. 11 and remained the highest-ranked team from outside the Power Five conferences.

Clemson's minimal edge is in defensive efficiency, where the Tigers rank No. 1 (95.0), but Alabama is right behind at No. 2 (93.9).

Texas needs to win its last two games and then receive some help from No. 6 Oklahoma or No. 9 West Virginia in order to make the Big 12 title game at AT&T Stadium on December 1. The Orange earning wins in each of their last two games and other teams around the nation suffering losses are two of the biggest factors in the school seeing their name continue to rise in the rankings.

With none of the committee's top 10 teams from a week ago falling, there were no significant changes this week near the top with each remaining in the same spot as a week ago.

Clemson might also have the edge in strength of schedule, with three wins over current top-25 teams (No. 13 Syracuse, No. 16 NC State and at No. 17 Boston College) to Alabama's two (at No. 7 LSU, No. 16 Mississippi State).

Notre Dame and MI round out the top four, while Georgia and Oklahoma retained their No. 5 and No. 6 spots respectively.

No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 Oklahoma are the first two teams on the outside looking in. The Knights and Bearcats (9-1) will face off at 8 p.m.at Spectrum Stadium during a contest that will air nationally on ABC.

Will Oklahoma's defensive struggles open the door for West Virginia to leapfrog the Sooners?

Notre Dame is the lone top 10 team set to face another top 25 program this weekend with the Irish headed to NY to face No. 12 Syracuse in Yankee Stadium.

Penn State football checked in at No. 14 in this week's College Football Playoff rankings. Kentucky- 7-3 18. Washington - 7-3 19.

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