The Big 12 got some solid respect from the committee. It's not as if Alabama would have a loaded resume, with victories against LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn at the top.
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The Allstate Sugar Bowl is also a contract bowl, which is guaranteed the Big 12 champ and the SEC champ.
Pitt, who Clemson is likely to play in the ACC championship game on December 1, is also unranked.
The SEC has six teams represented in the rankings, including Alabama, Georgia, LSU, No. 13 Florida, No. 17 Kentucky and No. 21 Mississippi State.
MI remained at No. 4 in the College Football Playoff Rankings after defeating Rutgers 42-7.
And if Notre Dame's loss is to USC, it could put a spotlight on Washington State's poorly officiated loss to the Trojans back in September by virtue of comparing common opponents. On Thursday, three games are slated, as Toledo travels to Kent State, North Texas hosts FAU, and Houston battles Tulane in a key game for the AAC West. Boise State at New Mexico and Memphis at SMU headline the action on Friday night.