There will be major movement in the polls on Sunday.
Saturday afternoon, the Big Ten’s College Football Playoff chances took a major hit, as both No. 7 Penn State and No. 6 Ohio State fell on the road. As a result, we’re going to see a major shakeup in the polls.
Here are the five teams that we think will jump up most in the polls this week.
Notre Dame took down Wake Forest on Saturday, and with the Big Ten’s demise, the Fighting Irish probably only need to win out to make the College Football Playoff. As for the Coaches’ Poll – Notre Dame came into the week ranked No. 8. But losses by Penn State and Ohio State mean they’ll be moving up to No. 6, at least.
Oklahoma survived a shootout (you’ve heard that before) with in-state rival Oklahoma State on Saturday, meaning the Sooners are one step closer to securing a spot in the Big 12’s revived title game. OU was No. 9 heading into the day – they’ll likely be around No. 7 when it’s over.
Auburn took down Texas A&M in impressive fashion on Saturday, and the Tigers are starting to look like a real threat to Alabama’s supremacy in the SEC West. The Tigers entered the day at No. 15 – but losses by Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State mean they’ll be moving up at least two slots.
Michigan State just fell out of the rankings in the Coaches’ Poll last week, but after a huge win over Penn State, they’ll be back in this week. We expect the Spartans, who now control their own destiny in the Big Ten East, to come in around No. 18 or so on Sunday.
Wisconsin just keeps winning – which is all they can really do. The Badgers haven’t played a stellar schedule, but if they finish 13-0, it may not matter. They entered the week No. 4 in the Coaches’ Poll. With Ohio State’s loss, they’ll probably move up to No. 3.