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Michigan moves up to No. 2 in the latest CFP Rankings

The Wolverines are one win away from securing their third consecutive trip to the College Football Playoff.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 25 Ohio State at Michigan Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The College Football Playoff (CFP) committee released the penultimate rankings for the 2023 season on Tuesday night. With the regular season wrapped up and only conference championship games remaining, there are officially eight teams still in contention for the final four.

Georgia remains the top team and Michigan has moved up to second after beating previous No. 2 Ohio State. With the Buckeyes losing, Washington and Florida State each moved up one spot to round out the top four.

Oregon remains the first team out at No. 5, and Ohio State fell four spots to No. 6.

Texas and Alabama remain hot on the Buckeyes’ heels, while Missouri held strong at No. 9 as the top-ranked two-loss team in the country. To round out the top-10, Penn State moved up a spot.

The Big Ten has four teams ranked as follows:

No. 2 Michigan

No. 6 Ohio State

No. 10 Penn State

No. 16 Iowa

The first unofficial CFP game took place last week between Michigan and Ohio State, and although the Buckeyes are not officially eliminated, they would require a balance of chalk and chaos to reach the CFP. The next round of unofficial playoff games continues this weekend with all conference championships taking place.

The SEC Championship could result in two teams or zero teams getting in. Michigan, Florida State and Texas remain the only hopes for their respective conferences, and in the last year of the Pac-12, it is a “win and you’re in” scenario between Washington and Oregon.

How do you see the final weekend playing out? Should the Michigan Wolverines be No. 1?