Michigan ranks among the top 4 in the CFP ranking; Irishman without a coach 6 | Sports News

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By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer

DALLAS (AP) – Michigan moved up to second on Tuesday night in the penultimate standings of the college football playoffs, joining Georgia, Alabama and Cincinnati in the top four heading into the conference championship weekend.

Oklahoma State is fifth heading into Saturday’s Big 12 Championship game against Baylor, and Notre Dame is sixth with no games remaining and no head coach.

Brian Kelly left the Fighting Irish and was introduced as LSU’s new coach on Tuesday, three days after the Independent Notre Dame ended their season 11-1.

Georgia were first, as they have been in all of the selection committee standings so far, and Michigan moved up to second after beating last week’s second, Ohio State. The Wolverines face Iowa in the Big Ten title game.

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Alabama will be third heading into the Southeastern Conference Championship game with Georgia, and Cincinnati are fourth heading into their American Athletic Conference Championship against Houston.

The field for the playoffs will be set on Sunday.

The penultimate standings come the day before conference commissioners handling the playoffs meet in Dallas for a crucial rally.

The management committee – made up of the commissioners of the 10 FBS conferences and the Notre Dame sports director – has set a deadline to agree on how to extend the playoffs.

The commissioners debated whether to triple the field of the 12-team playoffs. For a new model to be in place by the 2024 season, a format will need to be approved by the CFP supervisory committee of university presidents and chancellors by mid-January.

If the management committee does not come to a consensus on the size of the pitch at this meeting, it is likely that the fastest expansion could occur would be the 2026 season, after the current TV rights contract expires. with ESPN.

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