Week 14 of the 2020 college football season is underway, and some of the big names are wrapping things up. There is still time for teams to make a move in the race for the College Football Playoff and for one of the New Years Six bowl games, but it’s starting to run out.
The biggest game on the calendar this weekend is No. 13 BYU at No. 18 Coastal Carolina. While No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin is a higher pairing, BYU-Coastal Carolina gives us two undefeated teams on the outside looking in for purposes of a big bowl game. Neither is likely to end up in the CFP, but a win could be enough to put them over the top for grabbing a New Years Day Six bowl slot.
Below is the current top 25 College Football Playoff rankings. We’ll get new rankings on Tuesday, but in the meantime, as teams win and lose we can infer where things might change. We’ll update throughout the day.
No. 1 Alabama 55, LSU 17 — Alabama secured a spot in the SEC title game and has one more regular season game against Arkansas remaining. Even with a loss in the SEC title game, Alabama might still be in the CFP.
No. 2 Notre Dame 45, Syracuse 21 — The Fighting Irish pulled away in a hurry in the second quarter en route to an easy win over the Orange. Notre Dame will play in the ACC Championship Game on December 19th — facing Clemson if they beat Virginia Tech Saturday evening. The winner will likely be no worse than the No. 2 seed in the CFP bracket.
No. 3 Clemson 45, Virginia Tech 10 — Clemson will face Notre Dame in the ACC Championship Game. The winner is going to the CFP, the loser still might depending on how other things shake out.
No. 4 Ohio State 52, Michigan State 12 — This one was never close. The big question now for the Buckeyes is whether or not Michigan will be able to play next weekend. If they do not and Ohio State fails to qualify for the Big Ten title game, they could very well slip out of the CFP.
No. 5 Texas A&M 31, Auburn 20 — The Aggies had to battle in this one, but put it away in the fourth quarter. They remain on the outside looking in for the four-team CFP, but if Ohio State’s game against Michigan is canceled and the Buckeyes in turn don’t make it to the Big Ten title game, they could slip out. Otherwise, the Aggies need a loss by one of the non-Alabama teams ahead of them.
No. 6 Florida 31, Tennessee 19 — The Gators clinched a spot in the SEC title game with a fairly easy win. If they can beat LSU next week and likely Alabama in the conference championship, they could work their way into the CFP.
No. 9 Iowa State 42, West Virginia 6 — The Cyclones rolled and will now face Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game. The winner has a chance at a New Years Six bowl, but is not guaranteed.
No. 11 Oklahoma 27, Baylor 14 — It wasn’t pretty, but Oklahoma held off Baylor and will now face Iowa State in the Big 12 title game.
No. 12 Indiana 14, Wisconsin 6 — The Hoosiers remain behind Ohio State, but a huge road win keeps them in the mix for a New Years Day bowl.
No. 18 Coastal Carolina 22, No. 13 BYU 17 — The Chanticleers booked the game on short notice and stunned the Cougars. This is a huge boost for a New Years Day bowl bid.
Stanford 31, No. 22 Washington 26 — The Huskies’ comeback came up short and face a huge must-win against Oregon next week if they want to play on New Years Day.
1. Alabama — 55-17 win over LSU
2. Notre Dame — 45-21 win over Syracuse
3. Clemson — @ Virginia Tech
4. Ohio State — 52-12 win over Michigan State
5. Texas A&M — 31-20 win over Auburn
6. Florida — 31-19 win over Tennessee
7. Cincinnati — BYE
8. Georgia — Postponed vs. Vanderbilt
9. Iowa State — 42-6 win over West Virginia
10. Miami, FL — 48-0 win over Duke
11. Oklahoma — 27-14 win over Baylor
12. Indiana — 14-6 win over No. 16 Wisconsin
13. BYU — 22-17 loss to No. 18 Coastal Carolina
14. Northwestern — Postponed @ Minnesota
15. Oklahoma State — 29-22 loss to TCU
16. Wisconsin — 14-6 loss to No. 12 Indiana
17. North Carolina — 49-9 win over Western Carolina
18. Coastal Carolina — 22-17 win over No. 13 BYU
19. Iowa — 35-21 win over Illinois
20. USC — vs. Washington State
21. Marshall — 20-0 loss to Rice
22. Washington — 31-26 loss to Stanford
23. Oregon — 21-17 loss to California
24. Tulsa — 19-6 win over Navy
25. Lousiana-Monroe — 24-21 win over Appalachian State