Tennessee is officially out of the College Football Playoff picture, as we knew already. The Volunteers blew it on Saturday night, letting South Carolina blow them out, 63-38. Making matters worse — quarterback Hendon Hooker is now out for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL. Joe Milton gets the ball from here, and he needs to beat Vanderbilt to get Tennessee in the New Year’s Six.
Tennessee came in at No. 10 overall in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings. The Volunteers fell five spots after that embarrassing loss to the Gamecocks.
Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU took the top four spots this week. Ohio State and Michigan are set to square off this week, while Georgia and LSU will face each other for the SEC Championship in two weeks.
USC has Notre Dame and likely Oregon left. If the Trojans win out, there will be a debate between the one-loss Trojans vs. the one-loss Ohio State-Michigan loser. All of this assuming TCU can win out, of course.
Updated College Football Playoff Rankings
2. Ohio State
11. Penn State
12. Kansas State
15. Notre Dame
16. Florida State
17. North Carolina
20. Ole Miss
21. Oregon State