Obviously, the defense of Ohio State is a concern after the team struggled to contain two-win Nebraska despite a bye week to prepare for Scott Frost's offense.
No. 18 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama.
While both MI and Georgia have 3-1 records against ranked teams this season, the maize and blue have gotten their wins in the last three weeks and looked good against Penn State with their only loss being to the team ahead of them.
Oklahoma has two of its next three games against teams with four or more losses on the season.
But if Georgia beats Alabama in the SEC playoff game, and Ohio State beats MI, there may be some changes. With a loss to ACC Atlantic rival Boston College on Saturday, Clemson would be at risk of being shut out of the conference title game. We were supposed to argue Notre Dame or MI at No. 3, or MI or Georgia at No. 4. That's a resume with victories against Michigan State, Wisconsin and Penn State, and a seven-point road loss to Notre Dame.
Take a look at the full top 25 below. After sitting at No. 13 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, West Virginia jumped up to No. 9 after the win over the Longhorns. However, the Buckeyes should be in a position to get into the Playoff if they can win out.
Check back after three more regular season games and the SEC championship tilt with No. 1 Alabama for the final rankings that matter for the Bulldogs. Still, the Sooners are probably the Big 12's best bet to win an argument against a one-loss Big Ten champion or Notre Dame with one loss. We think they will move to No. 7 with Washington State remaining at No. 8.
The weather did the Mountaineers no favor by forcing the cancellation of West Virginia's game at North Carolina State in September. We're talking about a team that's 6-3, one that literally needed its athletic director to publicly go on the record Tuesday that they won't be firing their coach this season.
Giving up over 700 yards to Temple isn't a good sign for a team that wants to be in the top four, but UCF still got the win last week to improve to 8-0 and extend the program's winning streak to 21 games.