Here’s How UCF Makes The College Football Playoff

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The UCF Knights surpassed Ohio State to hit No. 9 on the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday.

The Knights are now the first Group of Five team to make it into the top-10 of these rankings, and there's a good chance they'll rise even higher if they win out.

That's probably because there are more undefeated or one-loss contenders at this point in the season than there have been in any of the previous four years of the playoff.

Here are some of the reactions to this latest development. Ball State travels to Oxford to take on Miami (Ohio) and Western Michigan hosts Northern Illinois. If the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes and finish with just one loss - at Notre Dame back in September - could the committee leave them out of the playoff? 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. Boise State 24. Pittsburgh 25. And Alabama and Georgia will contest the Southeastern Conference title in Atlanta. No. 7 LSU and No. 8 Washington State also stand firm. West Virginia dropped to No. 13 behind Florida and Penn State after losing to Oklahoma State.

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No. 16 Washington has the same record (8-3) as the Gators and can earn a marquee victory by knocking off No. 8 Washington State on Friday in the Apple Cup. The victor of both games will play for the national title on January 7 inside of Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

So whom does the committee leave out?

That would leave Clemson 12-1, with a loss to Pitt - the team UCF crushed. This year is no different in that the slate is jammed packed with great rivalry games but there's something interesting this weekend that we haven't gotten in a long time.

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