Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

5 burning questions for Rivalry Week: Can Michigan finally beat Ohio State?

Behind the Ballot With two polls left historical context for the AP Top 25 Behind the Ballot With two polls left historical context for the AP Top 25
Sergio Cook | 25 November, 2018, 11:58

The fourth iteration of the College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday night. Head coach Brian Kelly's squad has wins over No. 4 MI (24-17), No. 19 Northwestern (31-21), No. 20 Syracuse (36-3) and No. 24 Pittsburgh (19-14).

The top eight teams in the rankings were unchanged.

Week 13 offers some intriguing matchups with a lot on the line, including Michigan-Ohio State and Notre Dame USC. Of course a two-loss Georgia team and two-loss LSU team would give the committee fits as well.

David Pollack explains why UCF is finally getting credit as it jumps over Ohio State in the top 10 and how Washington State can climb the rankings.

After Saturday, Notre Dame has no more scheduled games. Even so, both of the opponents of Georgia and USF have a respectable 7-4 record. Would the committee hold a loss against either team, particularly with Georgia's sole defeat to this point having come on the road at No. 7 LSU (9-2)? Boise State 24. Pittsburgh 25. The week kicks off early with Oklahoma against West Virginia and Washington against Washington State on Friday night.

Michigan Wolverines tight end Zach Gentry (83) tries to block a kick in the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. The victor will play No. 18 Utah (8-3) in the Pacific-12 title game a week later. Upsets are sweeter and sting more in rivalry games, and you may want to look at some of the recent weeks results from other rivalry games to keep your own emotions and cash in check if you feel like betting on mostly big favorites and stronger teams. An 11-1 Notre Dame squad would likely be ahead of a 12-1 Washington State, but maybe not in front of 12-1 Oklahoma.

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