Top three in CFP rankings unchanged, joined by Washington - ESPN
Washington leapfrogged Florida State into the No. 4 spot in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night, after beating its third straight ranked opponent this past weekend.
While the top three remained unchanged — Georgia is still No. 1, followed by Ohio State at No. 2 and Michigan at No. 3 — Washington moved into the top four for the first time this season, and Florida State fell to No. 5 after losing quarterback Jordan Travis for the season.
The Huskies beat then-No. 11 Oregon State 22-20 this past Saturday, after wins over then-No. 18 Utah and then-No. 20 USC. Although Utah and USC are no longer ranked, Washington is now No. 1 in the ESPN strength of record metric. Florida State is No. 4 in that same metric.
The Seminoles played FCS North Alabama this past weekend, overcoming an early 13-0 deficit to win 58-13. But the score and result hardly mattered after losing Travis to a lower-leg injury — and how the committee views that injury will be a source of intrigue in the weeks to come.
«It really was about Washington and what Washington did this weekend,» CFP selection committee chair Boo Corrigan said on ESPN, later adding that the Travis injury did not have any impact on the committee's decision this week.
«That's what the next couple of weeks are going to be about,» he said. «The key is not projecting what it will be the following week.»
Results of the fourth College Football Playoff rankings for the 2023 season as revealed Tuesday night:
Florida State plays at rival Florida on Saturday with Tate Rodemaker as its starting quarterback and then has the ACC championship game against No. 10 Louisville on Dec. 2 in Charlotte.
«After the [conference] championship games, we can look at who's going to