The College Football Playoff (CFP) selection committee released its new top 25 late on Tuesday night, and Michigan (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) is the new No. 12 team. This is a two-spot jump for the Wolverines after being No. 14 last week. However, Michigan no longer is the highest ranked two-loss team in the CFP poll. That honor now belongs to Stanford, who sits one spot ahead of Michigan at No. 11.
That Stanford is one spot ahead of Michigan will raise some questions. Both are two-loss teams. Michigan has better losses, dropping to No. 9 Michigan State and No. 13 Utah, while the Cardinal have lost to No. 20 Northwestern and No. 23 Oregon. Oh, and Michigan and Stanford have a common opponent: Northwestern, whom Michigan crushed, 38-0.
On the other hand, Michigan is one spot ahead of Utah, to whom Michigan lost.
Of course, if Michigan continues to win, it could finish off its season with games against two top-five teams in Ohio State and Iowa. That's when Michigan would make its move.
The top-four teams were No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Ohio State, and No. 4 Notre Dame. The first two teams out were No. 5 Iowa and No. 6 Oklahoma State.
Here is the full top 25 of this week's CFP rankings:
3. Ohio State
4. Notre Dame
6. Oklahoma State
9. Michigan State
14. Florida State
17. North Carolina
22. Ole Miss
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