The Miami football team was ranked 10th in the College Football Playoff rankings for the third straight week.
The Miami football team was ranked 10th in the College Football Playoff rankings for the third straight week that was released Tuesday night. Miami stayed 10th in the rankings with the nine teams in front of them remaining there with three teams shuffling. Iowa State moved up two spots to seventh despite two losses.
Undefeated Cincinnati who did not play and 6-2 Georgia each dropped one spot in the rankings. There has been a lot of questioning of the committee keeping Georgia in the top 10 despite double-digit losses to Alabama and Florida earlier this season. Iowa State moved up after a 42-6 win over West Virginia.
The Cyclones have losses to Louisiana and Oklahoma State this season. Miami should have a chance to move up in the rankings next week with a victory over North Carolina on Saturday. Miami does not have a win this season against any team that has been in the CFP rankings at any time this season.
North Carolina remained 17th in the CFP rankings this week. The Tar Heels are 7-3. Indiana and Northwestern are the only Power Five teams with one loss ranked lower than Miami. The Hoosiers are 12th and the Wildcats 14th. If Miami wins its last two regular-season games they will play in a New Year’s Six Bowl Game.
Miami will likely need Clemson to defeat Notre Dame to play in the Orange Bowl. If the Tigers lose they would go to the Orange Bowl as the highest-ranked team in the ACC, not in the College Football Playoff. If Miami does not play in the Orange Bowl, the Cotton, Fiesta, or Peach Bowl would be the likely destination.
Miami is currently projected to play Florida in the Orange Bowl by most prognosticators. The Hurricanes lost 24-20 to the Gators in the season opener in Orlando last season. A rematch with Florida would be on Miami’s home field this season. Florida defeated Virginia 36-28 in the Orange Bowl last season.