BYU, though idle last week, moves up to No. 13 in the new CFP rankings; Alabama still No. 1
(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brigham Young wide receiver Neil Pau'u (2) runs the ball for the Cougars, as Roadrunners linebacker Trevor Harmanson (15) defends, in football action between the Brigham Young Cougars and the UTSA Roadrunners, at Lavell Edwards stadium, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.
Ohio State held on to the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night after having its previous game canceled, landing behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson for a second straight week.
The top seven teams were unchanged from last week’s rankings after the playoff contenders either won comfortably or didn’t play because of COVID-19 issues.
Without having played a game last week, BYU still managed to move up, albeit one spot, to No. 13.
The Cougars have one game currently left on their 2020 season schedule, hosting San Diego State Dec. 12. That game suddenly has more importance than just keeping the Cougars’ undefeated — it could help edge the Cougars into a New Year’s 6 bowl game.
The slight bump was made possible by Northwestern’s performance over the weekend. Previously in the Top 10, Northwestern dropped eight spots to No. 14 after losing to Michigan State.
The Cougars have yet another bye week this week, so they won’t be able to impress the committee before the next rankings unless they are able to add an opponent before playing the Aztecs.
Texas A&M was in fifth and Florida sixth.
Ohio State had to cancel its game at Illinois last week because of a spike in COVID-19 cases in the program. It was the second game of the season the Buckeyes have lost. One more would leave them ineligible for the Big Ten championship game and unable to play more than six regular-season games.
No. 7 Cincinnati also had its last game canceled. The Bearcats are next scheduled to play Dec. 12 at Tulsa.
The College Football Playoff has set no minimum number of games played to be eligible for the playoff.
— Tribune reporter Norma Gonzalez contributed to this story.
Ranking Team Record
1 Alabama 8-0
2 Notre Dame 9-0
3 Clemson 8-1
4 Ohio State 4-0
5 Texas A&M 6-1
6 Florida 7-1
7 Cincinnati 8-0
8 Georgia 6-2
9 Iowa State 7-2
10 Miami 7-1
11 Oklahoma 6-2
12 Indiana 5-1
13 BYU 9-0
14 Northwestern 5-1
15 Oklahoma State 6-2
16 Wisconsin 2-1
17 North Carolina 6-3
18 Coastal Carolina 9-0
19 Iowa 4-2
20 USC 3-0
21 Marshall 7-0
22 Washington 3-0
23 Oregon 3-1
24 Tulsa 5-1
25 Louisiana 8-1