The final rankings will be released on December 3. That placed Michigan State one slot ahead of the team it will play this week (at Ohio State), and two ahead of the team it just defeated, Penn State, which fell from No. 7 to No. 14. Notre Dame, Clemson, Oklahoma and TCU rounded out the top six. The Golden Knights are the highest-ranked Group of 5 team through two weeks of the rankings in the four seasons of the playoff's existence.
Iowa State's game Saturday against Oklahoma State will begin at 11 a.m. CT and will be shown on ABC/ESPN2. The Hurricanes will be in the top five next week with a win on Saturday. 3 Ohio State last Saturday.
STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 04: Quarterback Baker Mayfield No. 6 of the Oklahoma Sooners in between plays against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The two highest-ranked teams two-loss teams are Auburn and USC.
What helps the Sooners and the Horned Frogs' cases to make the playoff, assuming that they meet again in the Big 12 Championship Game, is that the Selection Committee still respects the teams these two Big 12 frontrunners have played.
The Fighting Irish are deemed the best one-loss team in the country because their lone setback was 20-19 on September 9 versus No. 1 Georgia. While one-loss Oklahoma and TCU are ahead of Miami and Wisconsin due to their strength of schedule, Washington lags behind.
Both Miami and Wisconsin benefit from OSU and PSU. No. 10 Auburn, No. 3 Notre Dame vs.
But the road to Iowa State's first Big 12 title game appearance in school history still looks like a long shot. November 25 opponent Stanford (6-3) dropped out of the rankings after losing to Washington State.