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College Football Playoff Rankings Favor One Loss Teams Over Undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes & Baylor Bears

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Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The second College Football Playoff rankings of the season have officially released. Glancing at the rankings, it's clear the committee favors one loss teams over those remaining undefeated. Why? That question remains unanswered at this point in time. However, a few November match-ups should weed out the pretenders.

Focusing in on the conference, the Big XII experienced a bit of a shake up this go around. The Oklahoma Sooners climbed into the No. 12 spot, a three spot rise from last week's rankings after another win over Iowa State. In Stillwater, the Oklahoma State Cowboys continue to find themselves on the outside looking in. Undefeated with two ranked opponents on the horizon, will the Pokes earn some recognition moving forward?

Playoff committee ranking S&P+ ranking Best win, per S&P+ Worst loss, per S&P+ If the season ended today
1 Clemson (9-0) 1 Notre Dame Orange Bowl vs. Notre Dame"]">Orange Bowl vs. Notre Dame
2 Alabama (8-1) 2 LSU Ole Miss Cotton Bowl vs. Ohio State"]">Cotton Bowl vs. Ohio State
3 Ohio State (8-0) 4 Penn State Cotton Bowl vs. Alabama
4 Notre Dame (8-1) 6 USC at Clemson Orange Bowl vs. Clemson
5 Iowa (9-0) 20 at Wisconsin Rose Bowl vs. Stanford"]">Rose Bowl vs. Pac-12
6 Baylor (8-0) 7 West Virginia Sugar Bowl vs. LSU"]">Sugar Bowl vs. SEC
7 Stanford (8-1) 14 at USC at Northwestern New Year's bowl, perhaps Rose
8 Oklahoma State (9-0) 16 TCU Fiesta or Peach
9 LSU (7-1) 8 Florida at Alabama New Year's bowl, perhaps Sugar
10 Utah (8-1) 24 Michigan at USC New Year's bowl, perhaps Rose
11 Florida (8-1) 9 Ole Miss at LSU New Year's bowl, perhaps Sugar
12 Oklahoma (8-1) 5 West Virginia Texas
13 Michigan State (8-1) 29 at Michigan at Nebraska
14 Michigan (7-2) 3 BYU Michigan State
15 TCU (8-1) 13 West Virginia at Oklahoma State
16 Florida State (7-2) 11 Louisville at Georgia Tech
17 Mississippi State (7-2) 22 Louisiana Tech at Texas A&M
18 Northwestern (7-2) 40 Stanford Iowa
19 UCLA (7-2) 19 BYU Arizona State
20 Navy (7-1) 17 at Memphis at Notre Dame Fiesta or Peach
21 Memphis (8-1) 39 Ole Miss Navy
22 Temple (8-1) 37 Penn State Notre Dame
23 North Carolina (8-1) 32 Duke vs. South Carolina
24 Houston (9-0) 35 at Louisville
25 Wisconsin (9-2) 26 at Illinois Iowa


Taking a loss this past week, the TCU Horned Frogs dropped to No. 15 overall leaving the Baylor Bears at the top of the conference heap. Holding down the No. 6 spot, the games shall continue until "One True Champion" is crowned.