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College Football Playoff Top 25 Takeaways: TCU Rises, Georgia Takes No. 1 and Intrigue With the Pac-12

Kirby Smart, Georgia Bulldogs Football

The second rankings from the College Football Playoff selection committee were released on Tuesday night. Georgia took the top spot, followed by Ohio State at No. 2 and Michigan and TCU in the next two places.

What are the key takeaways and things to know from the second top 25 on Nov. 8? Here's everything you need to know:

Top Takeaways from Nov. 8 Rankings

Georgia is the New No. 1 Team
As expected, Georgia moved into the No. 1 spot after thumping Tennessee 27-13 on Saturday. Not only was the victory over the Volunteers one of the best (and most dominant) wins by any team this year, the Bulldogs' all-around talent and potential on both sides of the ball was showcased on Saturday. Coach Kirby Smart has assembled the best team in the nation once again and now this squad has the dominant victory to claim No. 1 over Ohio State. 

TCU Jumps to No. 4
The undefeated Horned Frogs made a three-spot jump in this week's to climb to the No. 4 spot. TCU still has tough obstacles remaining with road trips to Texas and Baylor over the next two weeks. However, coach Sonny Dykes' team is in great shape to make the CFB Playoff if it wins out. And depending on what could happen around TCU, there are scenarios where this team could make it in as a one-loss champion of the Big 12. 

Did Tennessee Drop Too Far?
After ranking No. 1 in the first top 25, Tennessee dropped to No. 5 after its 27-13 loss to Georgia on Saturday. But was that four-spot drop too far? The Volunteers still have two top-10 wins (Alabama and LSU) and lost to the No. 1 team on the road. Although Tennessee may have dropped a spot too far, coach Josh Heupel's team is still in good shape to make the playoff (provided it finishes 11-1). Michigan and Ohio State still have to play, and TCU has remaining tests against Texas and Baylor in the next two weeks. The Volunteers won't face a top 25 team the rest of the way, so style points might be important against Missouri, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. 

A Key Stretch Upcoming for the Pac-12
The month of November could be a huge opportunity for a Pac-12 team to build a case for a spot in the CFB Playoff. Oregon takes on Washington (No. 25) this week, followed by Utah (No. 13) and a road trek to Oregon State before the Pac-12 title game against the Utes, USC or UCLA. The Trojans also have an opportunity to play its way into the mix, as coach Lincoln Riley's squad gets UCLA and Notre Dame before a potential matchup against Oregon in the Pac-12 title game. UCLA is probably a spot or two too low at No. 12, but coach Chip Kelly's team can also play its way up with a looming showdown against USC and potentially a rematch with Oregon in the conference title game.

Notre Dame Joins the Rankings
A convincing 35-14 victory helped Notre Dame join the top 25 after Week 10, with first-year coach Marcus Freeman's squad checking in at No. 20. The Fighting Irish face Navy and Boston College up next, so an 8-3 record going into the regular season finale against USC is within reach. Notre Dame has no chance to make the playoff, but a win over the Trojans could help this program get back into the top 12 by the end of the year. 

New Year's Six and Playoff Projections Using Top 25 From CFB Playoff Committee

Peach: Georgia vs. TCU
Fiesta: Ohio State vs. Michigan

Rose: Oregon vs. Penn State
Sugar: Tennessee vs. Texas
Cotton: USC vs. Tulane
Orange: Clemson vs. LSU

Five Games in Week 11 That Will Impact the Rankings the Most for Next Week

1. TCU at Texas (7:30 p.m. ET)
2. Alabama at Ole Miss (3:30 p.m. ET)
3. LSU at Arkansas (Noon ET)
4. Georgia at Mississippi State (7 p.m. ET)
5. UCF at Tulane (3:30 p.m. ET)

Full Top 25 from the CFB Playoff Selection Committee (Nov. 8)

1. Georgia (9-0)
2. Ohio State (9-0)
3. Michigan (9-0)
4. TCU (9-0)
5. Tennessee (8-1)
6. Oregon (8-1)
7. LSU (7-2)
8. USC (8-1)
9. Alabama (7-2)
10. Clemson (8-1)
11. Ole Miss (8-1)
12. UCLA (8-1)
13. Utah (7-2)
14. Penn State (7-2)
15. North Carolina (8-1)
16. NC State (7-2)
17. Tulane (8-1)
18. Texas (6-3)
19. Kansas State (6-3)
20. Notre Dame (6-3)
21. Illinois (7-2)
22. UCF (7-2)
23. Florida State (6-3)
24. Kentucky (6-3)
25. Washington (7-2)