The Washington Huskies moved into the fourth spot in the second rankings for the College Football Playoff, putting the four teams that remain unbeaten from the country’s Power Five conferences in the top 4 of the selection committee’s top 25.
The three top spots in order remain the same with Alabama at the top followed by Clemson and Michigan.
The first rankings released by the committee caused somewhat of a stir due to Washington being unbeaten but behind the Texas A&M Aggies.
However, the Aggies followed that with a loss to Mississippi State, which helped to end that controversy.
Ohio State sits in fifth place with one loss. Kirby Hocutt, the chairman of the CFP committee said a small margin existed between the fourth and fifth spot.
Hocutt, who is the Texas Tech Athletic Director, said that Texas A&M last week had been ahead of Washington due to the Aggies having a superior strength of schedule.
That left the possibility open of Ohio State jumping past Washington for that same reason following the Buckeyes rout of Nebraska.
Hocutt however said Texas A&M had only lost against Alabama until last week while Ohio State’s loss was to Penn State.
Ohio State remains in good shape. The Buckeyes play Michigan November 26 in what could decide who wins the East division of the Big Ten.
Louisville is now in sixth after moving up one place, followed in seventh by Wisconsin. Texas A&M dropped to eighth and Auburn was sitting in ninth. Penn State rounds out the top 10.
For Texas A&M, things do not look promising moving forward. Starting quarterback Trevor Knight has been declared unavailable to play the remainder of the regular season due to his shoulder injury.
The best case scenario has Knight returning for a bowl game the Aggies play in late December or January.
Alabama will try to keep its top spot as it plays Mississippi State this week at home as a 28.5-point favorite. Clemson will play Pittsburgh and is a favorite by 20 points. Third place Michigan is at Big 10 rival Iowa and is favored by 21 points.
Washington should have a tougher game than the other three teams as they face Pac-12 rival USC and are 8-point favorites.