Schlabach: Georgia can be a top job
ESPN's Mark Schlabach explains why Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is a good choice to replace Mark Richt.
Georgia to hire Kirby Smart
The Alabama defensive coordinator will be named the Bulldog's new head football coach, barring a last-minute development, sources told ESPN's Mark Schlabach and first reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Smart played for Georgia from 1995-98.
CFP rankings: 1-6
- 1. Clemson (12-0)
- 2. Alabama (11-1)
- 3. Oklahoma (11-1)
- 4. Iowa (12-0)
- 5. Michigan State (11-1)
- 6. Ohio State (11-1)
College Football Playoff rankings: 1-6
Rece Davis, Joey Galloway, David Pollack and Kirk Herbstreit reveal the top six in this week's College Football Playoff rankings, where the top five teams remained the same.
Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer
What in the name of Greg Oden and Evan Turner is Ohio State doing right now? We haven't seen an inspired effort like this all year from the Buckeyes. Same team that lost to Texas-Arlington, Memphis and Louisiana Tech is battling ACC contender Virginia? Gotta love the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Criteria for top four of CFP rankings
College Football Playoff committee chair Jeff Long breaks down what teams need to do to state their case for the top 4 of the CFP rankings.
Current College Football Playoff bracket
After the latest rankings release, here's how the CFP would look if the season ended today.
Will Buckeyes sneak back into top four?
Ohio State is on the outside looking in at No. 6 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Kirk Herbstreit breaks down the best scenarios that could get the Buckeyes back into the top four.
College Football Playoff rankings: 7-25
North Carolina comes in at No. 10, behind No. 9 Florida State, in the fifth version of the College Football Playoff rankings.
David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer
North Carolina checks in at No. 10 in the penultimate Playoff rankings. With a win in the ACC Championship game, they'll move up... But will it be enough? The Heels trail Stanford by 3 spots, and with USC jumping from unranked to No. 20 could mean the Heels can't pass the Cardinal even with a win.
Biggest playoff ranking changes
- Biggest riser: TCU (19 to 11)
- Biggest faller: Navy (15 to 23)
- New to rankings: Houston (19), USC (20), LSU (21), Tennessee (25)
- Out of rankings: Washington St, Mississippi St, UCLA, Toledo
Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
Clemson was chosen as the preseason favorite to win the ACC, but now there's so much more on the line -- a spot in the College Football Playoff. The Tigers remain No. 1 in the latest College Football Playoff ranking but it hardly matters how many weeks they have had the top spot. What really matters is what happens Saturday against No. 10 North Carolina in the ACC championship game. Win, and Clemson is in. Lose, and the Tigers can all but kiss those playoff hopes goodbye.
CFP rankings: 7-10
- 7. Stanford (10-2)
- 8. Notre Dame (10-2)
- 9. Florida State (10-2)
- 10. North Carolina (11-1)
CFP rankings: 11-15
- 11. TCU (10-2)
- 12. Baylor (9-2)
- 13. Ole Miss (9-3)
- 14. Northwestern (10-2)
- 15. Michigan (9-3)
CFP rankings: 16-20
- 16. Oregon (9-3)
- 17. Oklahoma State (10-2)
- 18. Florida (10-2)
- 19. Houston (11-1)
- 20. USC (8-4)
CFP rankings: 21-25
- 21. LSU (8-3)
- 22. Temple (10-2)
- 23. Navy (9-2)
- 24. Utah (9-3)
- 25. Tennessee (8-4)
Watch: CFP rankings revealed
The 5th version of the College Football Playoff rankings are being released tonight on ESPN. But there may not be much movement at the top -- the top 5 teams in the previous rankings all won last week. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN
Will Ohio State sneak into the CFP?
The College Football Playoff selection committee has every statistic imaginable at its fingertips, writes ESPN's Heather Dinich. There's also one more very important detail at the top of the page, where it reads "Conference champion" -- followed by a yes or no. And it's a "no" for Ohio State. So how do they get in?
Clemson to host pizza party Sunday
Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney announced the athletic department will host the event that's expected to feed thousands of fans in Memorial Stadium following the ACC title game on Saturday night. Said Swinney: "Win or lose, this team deserves to be celebrated."
Booger McFarland not apologizing to Iowa
Is SEC Network's Booger McFarland ready to apologize for calling out the Big Ten prior to the first College Football Playoff ranking? Only to Michigan State and Ohio State.
Dabo's turn to dab
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney knows how to dab, even if he doesn't quite know what it means.
Best landing spots for Mark Richt
Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell believe the recently-fired Georgia coach would be a great replacement for the Miami Hurricanes.