Peppers was named the league top defensive player, linebacker and returns specialist after helping the Wolverines to a 10-2 record, and now the No.5 spot in the CFP rankings.
The new rankings will be out Tuesday, and they will be read like tea leaves for an indication where the committee is going. That'd be his ideal shoot-the-gap blitz on Wilton Speight, resulting in Malik Hooker's game-changing pick-six. Those titles don't automatically come with playoff spots, and in some cases, the wrong victor could ruin things for a conference. If Washington wins, there's still no guarantee the Pac-12 champion is in. "I don't think they ever imagined they would have imagined hitting their goal in 24 hours; but this fanbase is not only passionate about MI, but this foundation".
Next year, the Big 12 championship will include the top two teams in the regular-season standings.
Washington has rampaged through a weak Pac-12 and lucked out a bit by getting Colorado over a red-hot USC in the conference title game.
For the committee, the best case scenario is Clemson and Washington win their respective conference championships, sending the Crimson Tide, the Buckeyes, the Tigers and the Huskies to the playoff. Both teams rely heavily on their quarterbacks. The first thing they must do, obviously, is beat Washington. Or even one of the Oklahoma teams that wins the Big 12. It's why an eight-team field would be the ideal, but let's look at what a six-team field would look like assuming teams 1-5 are the conference champions and team six is the at-large squad. Same with Oklahoma in the Big 12. I don't see them making it due to their weak schedule (they have two good wins, Utah and Stanford). After losing a controversial heartbreaker to No. 2 Ohio State, the Wolverines, lost the opportunity to control their own fate.
With Ohio State nearly a lock for the playoff after remaining at #2 in the rankings with no more games to play, the Big Ten will have at least one team in the playoff at this point.
What about Oklahoma State?
Not only loses but loses badly to Florida in the SEC championship.
Bowyer convinced Southgate will do well for England
Southgate played a key role in creating the " England DNA" manifesto aimed at making a winning national team. He has not lost any of the four games he has overseen during his spell as England's interim manager.
This won't be one to remember in Atlanta.
This will inject a tiny amount of chaos into the College Football Playoff's system - or at least into its preferred schedule.
Also noteworthy in the rankings is Florida State being one spot ahead of Louisville at No. 12. Final Score: Alabama 27, Florida 18.
Quarterback Deshawn Watson almost led the Tigers to last year's national championship, and now, he has a chance to lead Clemson to consecutive ACC titles for the first time in 28 years. If they add a Big Ten title, they may have the goods to get in if Clemson or Washington lose. Unfortunately for both, based on the way the CFP ranked them, it doesn't appear that the victor has much of a shot at a playoff berth. The Panthers are now ranked 25th and happened to get an upset over Clemson when the Tigers were ranked No. 2. Final Score: Clemson 31, Virginia Tech 24.
The Big Ten Network tweeted a picture of the conference's statement regarding Harbaugh's comments. Conference champions wouldn't be left out. Additionally, the Tide has been ranked No. 1 all season long, and holds the most dominant defense in the NCAA. Or would it go with Colorado, which also lost to MI, and would have only two wins over ranked opponents even after beating Washington?
So the victor of Bedlam will head to the Allstate Sugar Bowl, with No. 14 Auburn the likely opponent should No. 1 Alabama do the expected and handle Florida in the SEC title game.
GOLDMAN: Yeah. College football remains popular, and I should say the ratings for the NFL have gotten a little bump since the election's been over.