The College Football Playoff committee released its updated rankings on Tuesday evening.
Not much surprise here, but the Wisconsin Badgers moved up one spot to No. 8.
UW (9–0, 6–0 Big Ten) ran away from Indiana last Saturday in its 45–17 win in Bloomington. With losses last week by both Ohio State and Penn State, then ranked Nos. 6 and 7, respectively, the Badgers are really the Big Ten’s only program to be in legitimate contention for the CFP. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are now Nos. 13 and 14, respectively.
Michigan State, after its win against Penn State, is now No. 12.
Though two conference teams fell in front of it, Miami jumped in front of Wisconsin to No. 7 after the then-No. 10 Hurricanes dispatched No. 13 Virginia Tech convincingly at home.
Iowa and Northwestern entered the CFP rankings at Nos. 20 and 25, respectively. That technically gives Wisconsin a win over a “ranked” opponent, with its 33–24 win over NU on Sept. 30.
Of course, the Badgers face the Hawkeyes this Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
The top four include the following:
- Notre Dame
Oklahoma (No. 5) and TCU (No. 6) still rank ahead of Wisconsin after their wins on Saturday.
Here are the full CFP rankings released on Tuesday night: