Syracuse (7-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) rose to No. 13 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings following a 41-24 victory over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on Saturday.
Alabama has been ranked in the top 5 for 49 straight weeks, the second longest streak to Miami's 55 weeks from October 8, 2000-Oct. Ohio State rounds out the top ten.
Alabama entered the week as the unquestioned No. 1 team in the country, followed by Clemson.
All those ranked teams losing propelled a few teams to new heights in the Top 25. Following them, you have undefeated Notre Dame and a bunch of other one-loss teams.More news: New Fast-Track Measures to Deny Asylum to Illegal Immigrants
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According to ESPN's Football Power Index, there is just a 9 percent chance that the top four teams in the CFP rankings will all win out.
Finally, according to the Sagarin ratings, West Virginia has played the 45th most-difficult schedule in the country. The Fighting Irish are just ahead of MI based on a head-to-head matchup, won by Notre Dame 24-17. "Bottom line is pretty much every team that's in there, if they win, they are in, because a lot of them are going to play each other".
Check back after three more regular season games and the SEC championship tilt with No. 1 Alabama for the final rankings that matter for the Bulldogs.
Will Grier #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers warms up before the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium November 3, 2018 in Austin, Texas. This ranking coupled with the relative weakness of the Pac-12 means LSU could stay ahead of Washington State even if it wins out and takes the Pac-12.
The Buckeyes found out last season that getting hammered by a team that finished the regular season 7-5 is deal-breaker with the committee when it comes time to make a tough choice. What also helps is that No. 25 Virginia, No. 20 Texas A&M, No. 17 Texas, No. 16 Iowa, No. 15 Utah and No. 14 Penn State all lost. Ohio State could win out - beating Michigan State and Michigan along the way - and get in.