Cincinnati positioned itself to play in the college football playoffs on Tuesday night, climbing to fourth place behind Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama.
An outside team at the Power Five conferences does not addI have been selected for the semi-finals in the previous seven years of the college football qualifiers.
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En route to the last full weekend ofgames, loaded with playoff and conference championship implications, Cincinnati (11-0) appears to have a realistic path to a playoff berth no matter what happens around the Bearcats.
Cincinnati plays East Carolina on Friday, then meets Houston (10-1), committee-ranked 24th in the American Athletic Conference Championship game on December 4.
Ahead of this season, No team in a so-called group-five conference has ever been better ranked than seventh by the CFP selection committee.
Michigan is fifth ahead of its game against Ohio State which should produce the Big Ten. best shot to make the playoffs.
Notre Dame (10-1) is sixth. The Fighting Irish 's only loss is against Cincinnati.
Oklahoma State (10-1) in seventh place is the top-ranked Big 12 team.
The Big 12 rivals Baylor (eighth) and Oklahoma (10th) round out thehe top 10 with Mississippi in between.
The Sooners play Oklahoma State on Saturday in a game that will help determine who plays in the match for the Big 12 title.
The final CFP standings will be revealed on December 5 and the top four teams will play in the semi-finals on December 31 in the Orange and Cotton bowls. The National Championship game is scheduled for January 10 in Indianapolis.