Although BYU appears behind three two-game losing teams – Georgia, No.11 Oklahoma and No.13 Iowa State – Cincinnati received an initial ranking more favorable to No.7, despite a game of less than BYU. The Bearcats claim league victories over SMU, Memphis, UCF, Houston, East Carolina and South Florida, and on December 12 it is scheduled to travel to Tulsa, which debuts at No.25 of the CFP classification.
BYU’s original schedule for 2020 included games against six Power 5 opponents – Utah, Michigan State, Arizona State, Minnesota, Missouri and Stanford – all of which were called off when the Pac-12, Big Ten and SEC went on the schedule. of the league only because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As an FBS Independent, BYU revised its schedule and clinched victories over Boise State, Houston, Navy and Troy, winning all but one by 17 points or more and outscoring opponents 428-125 for the season.
CFP selection committee chairman Gary Barta, appearing on ESPN’s rankings, said the committee was “certainly impressed with BYU”, but acknowledged that “the schedule is in play.”
The Cougars have open dates this week and next, and only have one regular season game scheduled, Dec. 12 against San Diego State. BYU is No. 8 in the AP and Coaches polls this week.
Two undefeated Group of 5 teams are ranked behind BYU at No. 20 Coastal Carolina and 21 No. Marshall.
Ohio State (4-0) is the Big Ten’s highest-ranked team in the CFP standings, followed by No.8 Northwestern, who is 5-0 and is set to face the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship game for the second. times in three seasons. The Big Ten tied the SEC for most teams in the initial standings with five, while No.12 Indiana, No.16 Wisconsin and No.24 Iowa also appear.
The ACC placed three teams in the top 10 in the initial standings, as Miami (7-1) debuts in 10th place despite a 42-17 loss to Clemson. North Carolina, which hosts Notre-Dame on Friday, is in 19th place.
Oklahoma and Iowa State are the top-rated in the Big 12, which also places Texas (No.17) and Oklahoma State (No.23) in the Top 25.
The Pac-12, the last FBS conference to kick off its 2020 season, has just two teams in the PSC’s initial top 25 in No.15 Oregon and No.18 USC, both 3-0. Two undefeated Pac-12 teams in Washington (2-0) and Colorado (2-0) are unranked.
The PSC selection committee is expected to publish its rankings on December 1, December 8 and December 15, before announcing the final selections on December 20. The Conference Championship games and other competitions will take place on December 18-19.