The College Football Playoff committee dropped the Miami Hurricanes to No. 7 in the College Football Playoff rankings ahead of championship weekend in the 2017 season.
The committee released its fifth playoff rankings on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The positioning is critically important, as there is just one more rankings to be released on Sunday, Dec. 3. Like all the previous rankings, this one includes 25 teams, but only the Top 4 teams make the playoffs.
Miami came into last week undefeated and thus at No. 2 in the playoff rankings. But a 10-point loss to Pitt moved the Hurricanes down five spots.
Miami jumped up 7-3 against Pitt, but the Panthers responded with a touchdown before halftime and simply wouldn’t go away. Then by the middle of the fourth quarter, Pitt had built a 17-point lead. The Hurricanes rallied a small comeback, scoring a touchdown and recovering an onside kick, but it proved to be too little, too late.
Perhaps the most surprising part of the game was the fact Miami did force 2 turnovers, but unlike in previous weeks, they weren’t able to do anything with them. The Hurricanes offense promptly went 3-and-out following each sudden change of possession.
But regardless of loss, Miami is still in position to make the playoffs. The Hurricanes face No. 1 Clemson this Saturday in the ACC Championship. A victory against No. 1 would greatly help Miami’s resume and keep them one of the better 1-loss teams in the country.
It would be a huge surprise to see the Hurricanes win this weekend and then not be included in the top 4 on Sunday.
College Football Playoff Rankings, Nov. 28
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