The 2018 iteration of the final full week of the regular season in college football, the aptly-named 'Rivalry Week, ' is full of aspiring teams with hopes of being selected as one of four teams to join the College Football Playoff. It would also force chaos. While some rivalry matchups now possess two teams who are vying for a potential spot in the playoff, others have archrivals who are hoping to play spoiler to their nemesis. Following its 50-17 victory over The Citadel over the weekend, the Crimson Tide was once again the top team in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday.
The Knights are receiving the respect they covet in increments, and while it won't result in a CFP appearance this season, they remain the best representative the Group-of-5 could ask for.
The Buckeyes helped neither themselves nor the Wolverines by needing overtime Saturday to defeat Maryland (5-6). (From the second-tier conferences, known as the Group of Five, Central Florida remains undefeated, with 23 straight wins, and Utah State is 10-1, but the selection committee has ignored such teams in the past.) There were seven in 2014 and 2015 - when North Carolina, at 10-1, was not considered a serious contender.
Surely, these next few weeks will answer numerous usual arguments for us.
It starts Friday night as Oklahoma faces still-formidable West Virginia on the road. LSU 8. Washington State 9. The victor of both games will play for the national title on January 7 inside of Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The Big 12 could have a team move past UF. Saturday starts off with MI going to play at Ohio State, picks up with LSU at Texas A&M in the evening, and finishes off with Utah State and Boise State as the nightcap.