Hawaii LB Marist Liufau Commits To Notre Dame

Texas needs to win its last two games and then receive some help from No. 6 Oklahoma or No. 9 West Virginia in order to make the Big 12 title game at AT&T Stadium on December 1.

Could the committee squeeze in the Tide after a loss to Georgia, which would obviously get in, if Clemson, Notre Dame and MI (and maybe even Oklahoma) all won out? A 12-1 SEC champion Alabama is not getting left out of the playoff, nor should it under any available circumstances this season.

In Sunday's latest AP poll, Texas moved up two spots from No. 15 to No. 13. Since No. 4 MI is the projected conference champion and already in a semifinal, the next highest-ranked Big Ten team would be No. 10 Ohio State.

MI remained at No. 4 in the College Football Playoff Rankings after defeating Rutgers 42-7.

Alabama will host The Citadel on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.

The Saturday schedule begins with Ohio State at Maryland, Arkansas-Mississippi State, Colorado-Utah, Northwestern-Minnesota and Michigan State at Nebraska in the first window.

The Big 12 got some solid respect from the committee. The night slate features a couple of intriguing games, including Cincinnati at UCF, Arizona at Washington State, San Diego State-Fresno State and Iowa State at Texas.

And if Notre Dame's loss is to USC, it could put a spotlight on Washington State's poorly officiated loss to the Trojans back in September by virtue of comparing common opponents.

  • Angelo Rivera