UofL hoping to crack top four
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2016) — The College Football Playoff selection committee will release its first rankings at 7 p.m. (ET) tonight on ESPN. The poll is the first of five weekly rankings leading up to the selection on Dec. 4 of the four teams that will play a single-elimination tournament for the national championship.
The University of Louisville (7-1) is currently ranked No. 5 in the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll. The top four teams in both polls are Alabama, Michigan, Clemson and Washington. All four of those teams are 8-0. UofL lost to Clemson 42-36 earlier this season and trails the Tigers by a 1/2 game in the ACC, with the Cardinals 5-1 and the Tigers 5-0.
Other teams in contention for playoff spots are: Ohio State (7-1), which hosts Michigan Nov. 26; Texas A&M (7-1), which lost to Alabama 33-14; Wisconsin (6-2), which lost close games to Michigan and Ohio State and could get another shot at one of those teams if it advances to the Big 10 title game; Nebraska (7-1), which plays at Ohio State Saturday and leads the Big 10 West, despite losings to Wisconsin; Florida (6-1), the leader in the SEC East; and Auburn (6-2), which lost to Texas A&M and Clemson and plays at Alabama Nov. 26.