Without question, the two most important games when it comes to playoff ramifications are Oklahoma-TCU and Notre Dame-Miami.
The final rankings that will determine the participants in the College Football Playoff semifinals come out December 3. Though with three losses, the Selection Committee still loves the No. 21 Iowa State Cyclones (6-3). It has the potential to be a top-five game all year. Michigan State takes the biggest week-to-week jump (in the history of the CFP, if I may add) up to No. 12 after upsetting the aforementioned Nittany Lions, setting up a juicy showdown between the Spartans and Buckeyes in Columbus this Saturday (Noon ET on Fox). Oklahoma State, which fell to Oklahoma in Week 10, is at No. 15. The highest-ranked conference champion from the Group of 5 conferences (American, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt) also will receive a spot.
Head coach Brian Kelly's squad will have an opportunity to solidify its status as one of the top four teams in the country with a victory Saturday at No. 7 Miami (8-0), which owns the longest winning streak (13) in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Here are the full rankings. Notre Dame's only loss was by one point against Georgia.
Moving up two spots from No. 8 to No. 6 is the TCU Horned Frogs (8-1).
Michigan State (7-2) rode its upset of Penn State from No. 24 all the way to No. 12 this week, just behind No. 11 Southern California (8-2). Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 62-52.
Sebastian the Ibis gets the crowd ready before the Hurricane Walk in advance of UM-Virginia Tech. November 25 opponent Stanford (6-3) dropped out of the rankings after losing to Washington State.