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Updating the College Football Playoff Picture on Championship Saturday

See how the results of Saturday’s conference championship games are impacting the College Football Playoff

Current College Football Playoff Rankings

  1. Georgia (12-0)
  2. Michigan (11-1)
  3. Alabama (11-1)
  4. Cincinnati (12-0)
  5. Oklahoma State (11-1)
  6. Notre Dame (11-1)
  7. Ohio State (10-2)
  8. Ole Miss (10-2)
  9. Baylor (10-2)
  10. Oregon (10-2)

Big 12 Championship: No. 9 Baylor (11-2) defeats No. 5 Oklahoma State (11-2) 21-16

AAC Championship: No. 4 Cincinnati (13-0) defeats No. 21 Houston (11-2) 35-20

SEC Championship: No. 3 Alabama (12-1) defeats No. 1 Georgia (12-1) 41-24

Big Ten Championship: No. 2 Michigan (12-1) defeats No. 13 Iowa (10-3) 42-3

Updated College Football Playoff Picture

Cincinnati locks up a spot in the College Football Playoff with a 35-20 victory over Houston in the AAC Championship. The Bearcats will be the first team from the Group of Five to ever earn a bid to the College Football Playoff. 

Alabama hangs 41 on the vaunted Georgia defense, which came into the SEC Championship Game having given up only 83 total points through the 12 games of the regular season. Nick Saban found a way and Bryce Young got it done. Alabama will return to the College Football Playoff for the seventh time in the eight-year history of the CFP. The Crimson Tide will likely be the No. 1 seed after dismantling the previously undisputed No. 1 team in the country and Alabama will look to defend its national title from a season ago. 

The SEC will, in all likelihood, have two teams in the College Football Playoff for the second time, as Georgia will remain in the top four, probably as the No. 3 seed. 

Michigan secures the final spot in the College Football Playoff by crushing Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game. The Wolverines will join the Bearcats in making their first ever CFP appearance. Michigan made a strong case for the top spot in the playoff field with its utterly dominant 42-3 victory over Iowa, but the Wolverines will still likely be the No. 2 seed behind Alabama, who will be rewarded by the committee for a 17-point win over No. 1 Georgia. 

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No. 5 Oklahoma State's CFP chances were slashed by the Cowboys' 21-16 loss to No. 9 Baylor in the Big 12 Championship. That left No. 6 Notre Dame as the next team in line to potentially move into the top four with a loss by one of No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Alabama, or No. 4 Cincinnati. But, Michigan, Alabama, and Cincinnati each won their respective conference championship games in convincing fashion, so there will likely be no upward movement by any of the teams ranked outside of the top four. 

Here is our projection for the College Football Playoff field: 

1. Alabama

2. Michigan

3. Georgia

4. Cincinnati