The Michigan Wolverines have cracked the top four in the CFP rankings for the first time since Week 13 in 2016.
The Wolverines resoundingly defeated Big Ten rival No. 20 Penn State last week to move up from No. 5 to No. 4 as the LSU Tigers — this week stumbling to No. 7 after last week’s No. 3 ranking — were shut out at home against the dominant Crimson Tide.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, there is just a 9 percent chance that the top four teams in the CFP rankings all win out.
The Georgia Bulldogs continue to wait patiently just outside the top four, having moved up to No. 5. The Bulldogs clinched the SEC East crown and an SEC championship matchup with the Crimson Tide after defeating No. 11 Kentucky last week.
No. 21 Iowa is the final Big Ten representative in the CFP Top 25 this week.
The Big 12 continues to be led by No. 6 Oklahoma, whose only loss this season was to No. 19 Texas. In the season finale, the Sooners will square off against West Virginia, which jumped to No. 9 this week from 13 last week. Iowa State is ranked No. 22.
The SEC again leads the way among conferences with seven teams this week. It is newly represented by No. 24 Auburn after Texas A&M dropped out this week. No. 15 Florida has dropped two straight, to Georgia and Missouri. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are No. 16.