The College Football Playoff selection committee delivered some good news to Boise State with the release of its weekly rankings Tuesday.
Marshall (9-0) still has not cracked the Top 25, held back by a schedule that lacks any high-level teams.
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And Oregon (9-1) moved into the No. 2 spot ahead of Florida State (9-0), a sign that the committee values strength of schedule over an undefeated record.
Boise State (7-2) is considered one of the top contenders for the New Year’s Six bowl slot reserved for the highest-ranked champion of the Group of Five conferences.
Selection committee chairman Jeff Long told the media the committee has talked about five teams from the Group of Five: Marshall, Boise State, Colorado State, Northern Illinois and East Carolina. Here’s a look at each:
Best win: Beat Middle Tennessee 49-24
Sagarin Rating: 34
Sagarin schedule ranking: 150
Remaining games: vs. Rice, at UAB, vs. Western Kentucky
Best win: Beat Colorado State 37-24
Losses: CFP No. 10 Ole Miss, Air Force
Sagarin Rating: 37
Sagarin schedule ranking: 66
Remaining games: vs. San Diego State, at Wyoming, vs. Utah State
Best win: Beat Boston College 24-21
Losses: Boise State
Sagarin Rating: 50
Sagarin schedule ranking: 96
Remaining games: vs. New Mexico, at Air Force
Best win: Beat Northwestern 23-15
Losses: Arkansas, Central Michigan
Sagarin rating: 94
Sagarin schedule ranking: 140
Remaining games: at Ohio, at Western Michigan
Best win: Beat Virginia Tech 28-21
Losses: South Carolina, Temple
Sagarin rating: 56
Sagarin schedule ranking: 100
Remaining games: at Cincinnati, vs. Tulane, at Tulsa, vs. UCF
Full CFP rankings:
College Football Playoff Rankings Record1. Mississippi St. 9-0
2. Oregon 9-1
3. Florida St. 9-0
4. TCU 8-1
5. Alabama 8-1
6. Arizona St. 8-1
7. Baylor 8-1
8. Ohio St. 8-1
9. Auburn 7-2
10. Mississippi 8-2
11. UCLA 8-2
12. Michigan St. 7-2
13. Kansas St. 7-2
14. Arizona 7-2
15. Georgia 7-2
16. Nebraska 8-1
17. LSU 7-3
18. Notre Dame 7-2
19. Clemson 7-2
20. Wisconsin 7-2
21. Duke 8-1
22. Georgia Tech 8-2
23. Utah 6-3
24. Texas A&M 7-3
25. Minnesota 7-2
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will issue weekly rankings each Tuesday, with the final rankings being announced Sunday, Dec. 7. The playoff semifinals will match the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 4 seed, and No. 2 will face No. 3. The semifinals will be hosted at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015. The championship game will be on Jan. 12, 2015 at Arlington, Texas.
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