Still, the only scheduling change throughout the Football Bowl Subdivision this season is in the Sun Belt, which became the final conference to add a championship game. If they continue winning and claim a Pac-12 regular and post-season title at the end of the season, they'll be squarely in the mix for a Playoff spot.
That's fine. If that is the way you want to set up a two-SEC Playoff argument, then go for it.
A two-loss LSU team at No. 7? When it comes to wins, West Virginia has a win over No. 19 Texas; Washington State hasn't beaten a team now in the rankings, though it may have a chance against a ranked Washington team to end the regular season.
Georgia, which secured a spot in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama with a win over Kentucky during weekend, moves up a spot to No. 5 in this week's rankings. The following week they host Kansas, who is 3-6, and lost to teams such as Nicholls State and Iowa State.
But no, the committee had to get cute by shoehorning the Tigers in at No. 7. The Wolverines enjoyed the latest stop on their revenge tour, demolishing Penn State and improving to 3-0 against teams that beat them last season - Wisconsin, Michigan State and the Nittany Lions. "Their two losses come against No. 1 Alabama, on the road to Florida". It seems impossible for the Knights to make a reasonable run towards the top four in the rankings.
Seven teams ranked ahead of Syracuse lost this week, including four within the 10-20 rankings, who each suffered their third loss of the season. Oklahoma is No. 6 followed by LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State. West Virginia took down Texas 42-41.
Of course, after basically not showing up on Saturday against Alabama, LSU fell to No. 7 and will need to pick up the pace and hope for some big losses from others in order to climb back near the CFP. If Clemson and Notre Dame are unbeaten, it's possible that MI would get left out. A week after completely blanking LSU, Alabama limits Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald to under 200 yards of total offense on its way to covering in nearly 60 percent of simulations.
The Tide is already locked into the SEC championship game and has built up enough equity that even a regular-season loss to Mississippi State or Auburn won't keep Tua Tagovailoa and Co. out of the playoff. Ohio State could win out - beating Michigan State and Michigan along the way - and get in.