The College Football Playoff committee released their second to last set of rankings for 2020 on Tuesday night, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish remain the #2 team in the country heading onto championship weekend.
Here’s the full #CFBPlayoff Top 25 rankings for games played through December 12.— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 16, 2020
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The entire top 4 stays the same, although there seems to be more conversation about the chances of the Texas A&M Aggies jumping the Ohio State Buckeyes for the 4th spot in the playoff. A&M will be idle this weekend but the FIVE WIN Buckeyes will take on the Northwestern Wildcats in the adjusted Big 10 Championship game.
The Irish will play the #3 Clemson Tigers on Saturday in a game that is most likely “do or die” for Clemson’s playoff chances. There is plenty of talk about Notre Dame being in the playoff win or lose — but this is a strange year, so I wouldn’t count on anything at this point. For god’s sake — the Iowa St. Cyclones are ranked #6 as a slap in the face to actual football teams that didn’t lose to Louisiana at home.