Published: Sun, November 25, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Nittany Lions No. 12 In Latest College Football Playoff Rankings

Nittany Lions No. 12 In Latest College Football Playoff Rankings

As with last week, No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 Oklahoma sit patiently, awaiting their chance to pounce into the semifinals. They just need aggressive and fortuitous nonconference scheduling.

On Dec. 1 the Knights will host the American Athletic Conference Championship game at home, playing either Memphis or Houston. If the Gators hold that spot, they will likely earn an at-large appearance in one of the major bowl games, probably the Peach Bowl on December 29 or the Fiesta Bowl on January 1.

UCF doesn't have those victories this season.

Utah State (No. 21) and Boise State (No. 23) are the next two Group of Five teams in the rankings and would be next in line for a spot in a New Year's Six game, if UCF stumbles Friday against USF and in the AAC title game. Its game against North Carolina was cancelled by a hurricane, and the Tar Heels aren't any good, anyway.

The Week 13 slate begins on Tuesday night with two games in the MAC.

The Panthers (7-4) are one of the keys that could help UCF pick the lock on the playoff.

Another one of the Rivalry Week picks the model likes: No. 3 Notre Dame covers as 10.5-point favorites on the road at USC.

UCF needs all these teams to win their conference titles and Alabama to win the Southeastern Conference at 13-0.

Florida jumped two spots to No. 11. None of those teams are getting in.

Clemson welcomes SC (6-4) to the Upstate a week after demolishing Duke, 35-6.

The biggest complaint about these playoffs is only four teams are picked to get in. Would the committee hold a loss against either team, particularly with Georgia's sole defeat to this point having come on the road at No. 7 LSU (9-2)?

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