I'm sure you're wondering why I'm posting this with the Tigers out of the picture. I'm posting it mainly because it's still information that concerns the Tigers. You can bet Alabama will be motivated for the Iron Bowl since they're going to be right in the thick of things for the playoff spot.
Also, I'm just interested in where the committee has Auburn ranked. Prior to last week, Auburn was the highest ranked two loss team, showing that the Committee still held the Tigers in high regard. This week the Tigers have slipped back to #14. The Tigers are the highest ranked three loss team one week after being the highest ranked two loss team. This is in part due to the fact that Auburn's schedule features five teams currently in the Top 12 of the Committee's rankings, and Auburn played (or will play) all five of them on the road.
There has been plenty of gnashing of teeth over the past two weeks, and rightly so. But this ranking does show that those who are studying things closely still think very highly of this Auburn team. That doesn't really mean much for the rest of this season, but I believe we can put to rest any possibility of their being an anti-Auburn "bias" with the committee as there has been discussion in the polls. Remember, until their recent losses the Tigers were ranked higher than Alabama in the Committee rankings.
I don't bring that up to try to stir any debate, but rather to assuage any future worries before they even start. This is a committee that has not been afraid to move teams around and rank one loss teams over undefeated teams. Auburn may be out of the picture for this season, but I do think the Committee is doing a good job in trying to pick the legitimate best teams. I also believe they should have more than four spots in the playoff, but we'll get to that.
Now let's look at the full rankings:
|Rank||Team||Last week||Week 12 result||Toughest opponent left (per F/+)||If the season ended today ...|
|1||Alabama (9-1)||5||Won 25-20 vs. No. 1 Mississippi State||Auburn||Sugar Bowl vs. Mississippi State|
|2||Oregon (9-1)||2||Idle||Oregon State||Rose Bowl vs. Florida State|
|3||Florida State (10-0)||3||Won 30-26 at Miami||Boston College||Rose Bowl vs. Oregon|
|4||Mississippi State (9-1)||1||Lost 25-20 at No. 5 Alabama||Ole Miss||Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama|
|5||TCU (9-1)||4||Won 34-30 at Kansas||Texas||New Year's bowl|
|6||Ohio State (9-1)||8||Won 31-24 at No. 25 Minnesota||Michigan||New Year's bowl|
|7||Baylor (8-1)||7||Idle||Kansas State||New Year's bowl|
|8||Ole Miss (8-2)||10||Idle||Mississippi State||Orange Bowl vs. Georgia Tech|
|9||UCLA (8-2)||11||Idle||USC||New Year's bowl|
|10||Georgia (8-2)||15||Won 34-7 vs. No. 9 Auburn||Georgia Tech||New Year's bowl|
|11||Michigan State (8-2)||12||Won 37-15 at Maryland||Penn State||New Year's bowl|
|12||Kansas State (7-2)||13||Idle||Baylor|
|13||Arizona State (8-2)||6||Lost 35-27 at Oregon State||Arizona|
|14||Auburn (7-3)||9||Lost 34-7 at No. 15 Georgia||Alabama|
|15||Arizona (8-2)||14||Won 27-26 vs. Washington||Arizona State|
|16||Wisconsin (8-2)||20||Won 59-24 vs. No. 16 Nebraska||Minnesota|
|17||Utah (7-3)||23||Won 20-17 (2OT) at Stanford||Arizona|
|18||Georgia Tech (9-2)||22||Won 28-6 vs. No. 19 Clemson||Georgia||Orange Bowl vs. Ole Miss|
|19||USC (7-3)||NR||Won 38-30 vs. Cal||UCLA|
|20||Missouri (8-2)||NR||Won 34-27 at No. 24 Texas A&M||Arkansas|
|21||Oklahoma (7-3)||NR||Won 42-30 at Texas Tech||Oklahoma State|
|22||Clemson (7-3)||19||Lost 28-6 at No. 22 Georgia Tech||South Carolina|
|23||Nebraska (8-2)||16||Lost 59-24 at No. 20 Wisconsin||Minnesota|
|24||Louisville (7-3)||NR||Idle||Notre Dame|
|25||Minnesota (7-3)||25||Lost 31-24 vs. No. 8 Ohio State||Wisconsin|