College Football Playoff Swaps BYU, Coastal Carolina In Latest Rankings

Dec 8, 2020, 5:26 PM | Updated: 5:35 pm
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ATLANTA, GA - December 6: The National Championship trophy is displayed following the College Football Playoff Semifinal Head Coaches News Conference on December 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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PROVO, Utah – BYU football has taken a fall in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. The Cougars dropped to No. 18 in the College Football Playoff committee’s rankings that were released on December 8.

BYU fell five spots from 13 to 18 after a 22-17 loss to Coastal Carolina. That Coastal Carolina team, which sits at 10-0 this season, moved up five spots to the spot BYU was in at No. 13.

BYU falling to No. 18 confirms that any hope for a New Year’s Six bowl is out the window for the Cougars. The Chanticleers, if they want to crack into a New Year’s Six bowl, they’ll need to get to at least No. 11 in the rankings.

ESPN’s David Pollack on the topic of BYU during the made-for-tv Playoff Rankings reveal, “I’d like to apologize to the Committee about BYU. Because they were right. ”

BYU has one game remaining on the 2020 schedule against San Diego State. A win over the Aztecs isn’t expected to help the Cougars’ case towards getting back in the New Year’s Six conversation.

This is the third all-time appearance for BYU in the College Football Playoff rankings. All three appearances have come during this season.

College Football Playoff Rankings

Week of December 8th, 2020

1. Alabama

2. Notre Dame

3. Clemson

4. Ohio State

5. Texas A&M

6. Florida

7. Iowa State

8. Cincinnati

9. Georgia

10. Miami

11. Oklahoma

12. Indiana

13. Coastal Carolina

14. Northwestern

15. USC

16. Iowa

17. North Carolina

18. BYU

19. Louisiana

20. Texas

21. Colorado

22. Oklahoma State

23. NC State

24. Tulsa

25. Missouri

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m., KSL Newsradio). Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper and the KSL Sports app.

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