College Football Playoff 2023: Everything is coming up USC in the fifth rankings

Welcome back to national prominence, USC.

For The Win is tracking the College Football Playoff rankings all season long. We’ll have updated title odds and notes on each contender every Tuesday the rankings are revealed. The firstsecond, third and fourth rankings can be found here.

In just two weeks USC has gone from the fringes of the playoff race to smack dab in the middle of the action with the likely Heisman Trophy-winner leading the offense.

Things happen quickly in college football. Of course, it helps when a team like LSU suffers a total meltdown against Texas A&M just hours after Michigan rocks Ohio State on the Buckeyes’ home turf.

So the Trojans jumped from No. 8 in second CFP rankings all the way up to No. 4 this week.

Equally as important: Ohio State remains in the playoff picture at No. 5 with Alabama hanging around right behind at No. 6.

It’s Conference Championship Week across the sport. That’s good news for some teams and even better news for others. Here are this week’s rankings and updated title odds to help us sort through it all.

College Football Playoff rankings released after Week 13

The CFP rankings are out

A wild Week 13 has led to a shakeup in the updated College Football Playoff rankings.

No. 1 Georgia closed the season with a 37-14 win over rival Georgia Tech to finish its second consecutive undefeated regular season.

No. 2 Ohio State was beaten soundly at home by No. 3 Michigan 45-23, and No. 5 LSU’s playoff dreams were crushed by Texas A&M in a 38-23 loss on the road.

South Carolina added to the pandemonium with a huge upset 31-30 win at No. 8 Clemson, and No. 9 Oregon dropped its season finale to No. 22 Oregon State 38-34.

Here’s the updated College Football Playoff rankings headed into championship week:

1. Georgia

2. Michigan

3. TCU

4. USC

5. Ohio State

6. Alabama

7. Tennessee 

8. Penn State

9. Clemson

10. Kansas State

11. Utah

12. Washington

13. Florida State

14. LSU 

15. Oregon State

16. Oregon

17. UCLA

18. Tulane

19. South Carolina

20. Texas 

21. Notre Dame

22. UCF

23. North Carolina

24. Mississippi State

25. NC State

Notre Dame’s all-time records against SEC programs

A preview of programs the Irish could be playing in the distant future.

In case you haven’t heard, the ACC-Big Ten Challenge is going away after this week. It will be replaced with the ACC-SEC Challenge beginning in 2023. Notre Dame will get a preview of the yearly meeting with the conference when it faces Georgia on Dec. 18 in Atlanta. That will be it for the two sides this season unless they cross paths again in the postseason.

With this new event, it only makes sense to see how the Irish have stacked up against the SEC. Against current members, they have an all-time record of 47-66. That does not include the following programs that they never have played: Auburn, Florida and Mississippi State. Here’s how the Irish have done when facing everyone else, including future conference members Texas and Oklahoma:

Football Rewind: This crazy broken hook and ladder play ends Georgia AAA Playoff game

The score won the game for Deerfield-Windsor, who advanced to the state championship.

This one may go down as one of the all-time craziest endings to a high school football game in Georgia – or anywhere, for that matter.

Trailing Brookwood (Ga.) by one point with 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Deerfield-Windsor (Ga.) quarterback Lan Sceals threw a pass that got deflected and then caught by wide receiver Boles Middleton, who threw a lateral to Chance Bacon. That began a wild sequence of events that ended with a 75-yard touchdown run by Ethan Johnson. The score won the game for Deerfield-Windsor, who advanced to the state championship.

Watch and see for yourself.

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247Sports’ updated 2023 recruiting class rankings

Here’s a look at the top 10 recruiting classes in the country at this time.

The 2023 recruiting class rankings are expected to finalize over the coming months. Continue reading “247Sports’ updated 2023 recruiting class rankings”

Notre Dame in final group for elite California defensive back

The Irish will soon know if he joins the 2024 class

The Irish now have 25 players committed to their 2023 recruiting class but that doesn’t mean they might not add one or two more. It all really depends on who declares early for the NFL Draft or transfers.

What it doesn’t impact is the 2024 recruiting cycle, where Marcus Freeman is off to a hot start with seven commits, one of the best early classes in the country. The group has a very good early mix on offense and defense but there could be a massive addition brewing in California in safety Peyton Woodyard. The defensive back released this top 7 school and the Irish made the cut along with Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon and USC.

We will know soon if the Irish will add Woodyard to their 2024 class, as he is expected to make an announcement on January 7th at the All-American game.

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Notre Dame still ranked in updated USA TODAY AFCA Coaches Poll

A fair assessment for the Irish

The loss last night to USC wasn’t as bad as some other losses around the country, which is why Notre Dame didn’t fall too far in this weeks USA TODAY AFCA Coaches Poll. With teams just having a championship game left on the schedule, the College Football Playoff picture has become much clearer.

Georgia and Michigan are the clear top teams, which was shown in the rankings, TCU and USC control their own destiny while Ohio State and Alabama have outside shots at getting in. The coaches poll should resemble what we see on Tuesday. Find out below where each team ended up being ranked after this weeks action, with last weeks ranking in parenthesis.

Kirk Herbstreit updates top-six CFB rankings: No. 5 scares me

Kirk Herbstreit’s updated top-six

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit shared his updated top-six rankings during the USC vs. Notre Dame broadcast on Saturday night.

The big one of the day was Michigan’s beat down over Ohio State, which provided fans with a lot of answers. Additionally, LSU saw its CFP dreams die in a loss to Texas A&M, but the Tigers still have a shot at the SEC championship on Saturday vs. Georgia.

Georgia handled Georgia Tech in Athens. TCU took care of business vs. Iowa State. And USC again proved its a real threat against Notre Dame. And then there’s Alabama…which is somehow still in striking distance. The Tide will need some help, but how classic would it be if Nick Saban managed to avoid the SEC Championship Game and still get a two-loss team in the CFP?

Here’s Herbstreit’s top-six, with each team’s national title odds (courtesy of BetMGM), following the weekend:

USC bowl choices are great; Trojans go to New Year’s Six after win over Notre Dame

All #USC fans want the #FiestaBowl vs Michigan. That’s the dream scenario. #PeachBowl vs Georgia? We’ll take it. Worst-case: #CottonBowl.

Yes, of course USC fans want the College Football Playoff, which is now one win away for the Trojans. Who wouldn’t want to make the playoff and rise to the top tier of the sport? However, let’s say USC loses to Utah in Friday’s Pac-12 Championship Game. We don’t want it to happen, but let’s say that it does.

Even if that worst-case scenario unfolds, USC has secured a really good bowl destination. The worst the Trojans can do now, as a result of their win over Notre Dame on Saturday night, is the Cotton Bowl, which is a New Year’s Six landing spot.

As we enter the world of bowl projections — which are now much easier to make, given that everyone’s regular season is over except for the small number of teams playing in conference championship games — let’s flesh out the scenarios so that you’re aware of them:

College Football Playoff Rankings Projections After Week 13

How will the CFP Rankings look come Tuesday night?

Week 13 was certainly a memorable one as the 2022 regular season came to an official end.  Sure, the conference championships come our way next weekend but few things compare to rivalry weekend in college football and this one certainly lived up to the hype.

Michigan rolled Ohio State for the second season in a row, this time in Columbus.  LSU fell to Texas A&M as the Tigers dream of becoming the first two-loss College Football Playoff team ended.  And USC came up huge in their home victory over Notre Dame as the Trojans are knocking on the door of their first CFP appearance.

After a day that saw four top 10 teams in the College Football Playoff rankings fall, how will the new rankings look on Tuesday?

Here is our best guess at what the new-look top 25 will look like.