In the final College Football Playoff rankings to be released before the season ends, Kansas State checks in at #9, as widely expected based on this week's AP and Coaches' polls. With a win over Baylor, K-State will be assured of playing in a New Year's Six bowl -- and if Florida State and Ohio State lose while Alabama and Oregon win, the Wildcats could find themselves stumbling into the playoff. This doesn't even require TCU to lose, because that situation would set up a top three of Alabama-Oregon-TCU, and number four would be a choice between two-loss Michigan State and two-loss K-State. One-loss Florida State would almost certainly fall behind both.
K-State got some big help with Wisconsin only pulling in at #13. There's no way that Wisconsin will pass K-State if the Wildcats win. Missouri sliding to #16 also helps, as a Missouri win on Saturday would boost K-State even further. In short, although playoff hopes are so slim as to be barely worth mentioning... they exist. If there were ever a time for things to break the Wildcats' way, it's now.
The most important other thing that happened, of course, was TCU jumping into the #3 spot over unbeaten Florida State -- which will infuriate both the Seminoles and Baylor. Basically, the argument between Baylor and TCU just ended with a resounding boom; it's now an argument between Baylor and Florida State.
Also of note, further down the rankings Boise State is sitting there in the catbird seat. A win on Saturday night in the next-to-last game of the regular season (the last being Army-Navy) would secure the Broncos' invitation to a New Years Six bowl, most likely the Fiesta.
Here, then, the rankings. Debate to your heart's content, BotCers.
|Rank||Team||Last week||Week 14 result||Final opponent||If the season ended today ...|
|1||Alabama (11-1)||1||Won 55-44 vs. No. 15 Auburn||Missouri||Sugar Bowl vs. Florida State|
|2||Oregon (11-1)||2||Won 47-19 at Oregon State||Arizona||Rose Bowl vs. TCU|
|3||TCU (10-1)||5||Won 48-10 at Texas||Iowa State||Rose Bowl vs. Oregon|
|4||Florida State (12-0)||3||Won 24-19 vs. Florida||Georgia Tech||Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama|
|5||Ohio State (11-1)||6||Won 42-28 vs. Michigan||Wisconsin||New Year's bowl|
|6||Baylor (10-1)||7||Won 48-46 vs. Texas Tech||Kansas State||New Year's bowl|
|7||Arizona (10-2)||11||Won 42-35 vs. No. 13 Arizona State||Oregon||New Year's bowl|
|8||Michigan State (10-2)||10||Won 34-10 at Penn State||None||Orange Bowl vs. Georgia Tech*|
|9||Kansas State (9-2)||12||Won 51-13 vs. Kansas||Baylor||New Year's bowl|
|10||Mississippi State (10-2)||4||Lost 31-17 at No. 19 Ole Miss||None||New Year's bowl|
|11||Georgia Tech (10-2)||16||Won 30-24 (OT) at No. 9 Georgia||Florida State||Orange Bowl vs. Michigan State|
|12||Ole Miss (9-3)||19||Won 31-17 vs. No. 4 Mississippi State||None|
|13||Wisconsin (10-2)||14||Won 34-24 vs. No. 18 Minnesota||Ohio State|
|14||Georgia (9-3)||9||Lost 30-24 (OT) vs. No. 16 Georgia Tech||None|
|15||UCLA (9-3)||8||Lost 31-10 vs. Stanford||None|
|16||Missouri (10-2)||17||Won 21-14 vs. Arkansas||Alabama|
|17||Arizona State (10-2)||13||Lost 42-35 at No. 11 Arizona||None|
|18||Clemson (9-3)||21||Won 35-17 vs. South Carolina||None|
|19||Auburn (8-4)||15||Lost 55-44 at No. 1 Alabama||None|
|20||Oklahoma (8-3)||20||Idle||Oklahoma State|
|21||Louisville (9-3)||22||Won 44-40 vs. Kentucky||None|
|22||Boise State (10-2)||23||Won 50-19 vs. Utah State||Fresno State||New Year's bowl|
|23||Utah (8-4)||25||Won 38-34 vs. Colorado||None|
|24||LSU (8-4)||NR||Won 23-17 at Texas A&M||None|
|25||USC (8-4)||NR||Won 49-14 vs. Notre Dame||None|