WMU passed again in College Football Playoff Rankings


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Two weeks ago, Western Michigan was the highest-ranked non-Power Five conference school in the College Football Playoff Rankings. Two wins later and now 11-0, the Broncos have been passed by two other non-Power Five schools hoping to earn a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game.

In the rankings released Tuesday, Boise State was No. 19 and Houston No. 20. Western Michigan came in at No. 21.

Earlier in the day, Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck was asked about the rankings. He said he prefers to focus on the upcoming game against Toledo on Friday. The Broncos need to win that game if they want to make it to the MAC championship game and keep themselves in the running for a New Year’s Six.

“We have to take care of Toledo, period. It has zero significance until everything is done. At the end of championship week, it’s done — we’ll answer any question you possibly want when we know all the information. Until then, that is not our focus, that is not our focus,” Fleck said. “We have to be 1-0 in the Toledo season, because it’s the most important week of the season, because it’s next.”

Alabama was No. 1 in the College Football Playoff Rankings, Ohio State No. 2 and Michigan at No. 3. That’s also where they sat in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll from this weekend.COMPLETE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS

1. Alabama11-0
2. Ohio St.10-1
3. Michigan10-1
4. Clemson10-1
5. Washington10-1
6. Wisconsin9-2
7. Penn St.9-2
8. Oklahoma9-2
9. Colorado9-2
10. Oklahoma St.9-2
11. Louisville9-2
12. Southern Cal8-3
13. Auburn8-3
14. Florida St.8-3
15. Florida8-2
16. Nebraska9-2
17. Tennessee8-3
18. West Virginia8-2
19. Boise St.10-1
20. Houston9-2
21. Western Michigan11-0
22. Utah8-3
23. Washington St.8-3
24. Stanford8-3
25. Navy8-2

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will issue weekly rankings each Tuesday, with the final rankings being announced Sunday, Dec. 4 (Noon EST). The playoff semifinals will match the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 4 seed, and No. 2 will face No. 3. The semifinals will be hosted at the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl on Dec. 31, 2016. The championship game will be played on Jan. 9, 2017 at Tampa, Fla.–The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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