College Football Rivalry Week

Florida Gators' New Year's Six bowl chances look better in latest College Football Playoff rankings

But they lost three conference games and didn't even earn a major bowl bid.

One potential opponent: UCF. James Franklin's team moved up two spots from its previous season-high ranking of No. 14 in the poll after recovering from a season-low No. 21 after losing to MI in Ann Arbor.

Here are those final eight: No. 1 Alabama (11-0), No. 2 Clemson (11-0), No. 3 Notre Dame (11-0), No. 4 MI (10-1), No. 5 Georgia (10-1), No. 6 Oklahoma (10-1), No. 7 Washington State (10-1) and No. 10 Ohio State (10-1).

Of those eight contenders, four are playing traditional rivals in relatively easy games; two are playing against stout, highly ranked competition; and the final two are playing each other in perhaps the biggest rivalry game of them all: Michigan-Ohio State, on the last Saturday of the regular season, at noon (as always).

And then Saturday brings Michigan-Ohio State.

David Pollack explains why UCF is finally getting credit as it jumps over Ohio State in the top 10 and how Washington State can climb the rankings.

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Penn State is looking to make it three-straight seasons in a New Years Six bowl game.

The conference implications are higher than ever with 10 undecided spots in conference championship games, nationally prominent teams in danger of missing bowl games, and a famous rivalry game with more on the line than ever before. Only Clemson (6) has won more. The Big 12 could have a team move past UF.

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.

Unlike last week, there was a little movement in the top 10.

Alabama remained No. 1 atop the rankings, followed by No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 MI.

The Georgia Bulldogs also control their own destiny, as a win over Alabama in the SEC championship game seals their fate in the College Football Playoff.

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