The only thing more anticipated across the country beside the 2016 Presidential Election results was week two’s College Football Playoff rankings.
The Colorado Buffaloes (7-2, 5-1 Pac 12) moved up three spots in the poll from No. 15 to No. 12, following a 20-10 win on Thursday night against the UCLA Bruins. The Playoff ranking has Colorado higher than the Coaches Poll at No. 15 and the AP at No. 16.
The Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0 SEC) are No. 1 in the rankings for a second straight week, following a 10-0 shutout of the No. 24 LSU Tigers. The Tide are followed by the No. 2 Clemson Tigers (9-0, 6-0 ACC) and No. 3 Michigan Wolverines (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) to round out the top three.
The fourth and final playoff spot saw a new entrant this week.
The Texas A&M Aggies (7-2, 4-2 SEC) leaped ahead in the rankings last week, but couldn’t hold on after a 35-28 loss against the Mississippi State Bulldogs and were replaced in the No. 4 position by the Washington Huskies (9-0, 6-0 Pac-12). The only undefeated team out of the Pac-12 put together a 66-27 beatdown of Davis Webb and California Bears on the road.
If the season were to end today, Colorado would play Washington for the Pac-12 Championship.
Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington and No. 21 Western Michigan are the only teams in FBS without a loss this season.
Here’s the complete rankings for week two.
This week marks the highest ranking for the Buffs since the playoff was established in 2014. In the past three seasons, ten Pac-12 teams have made an appearance with Oregon State and California being the only two that haven’t been ranked by the committee. Utah has the mosts appearances with 14 and Oregon’s the only team so far to represent the Pac-12 in the playoff. (Lost in the 2015 National Championship to Ohio State 42-20).
Colorado goes on the road to play Arizona this week and Fox Sports 1 has the national television coverage of the Pac-12 matchup.