There was no change at the top of the top 25 in the college football playoffs Tuesday when the selection committee released its third version of the rankings. Georgia stayed at No. 1, ahead of No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 TCU. Tennessee stayed at No. 5 and LSU at No. 6.
USC is #7, Alabama is #8, Clemson is #9, and Utah is #10.
The Vols (9-1, 5-1 SEC) play South Carolina (6-4, 3-4) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will be televised by ESPN with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit.
The Vols conclude the regular season schedule in Vanderbilt on November 26, a 7:30 p.m. Eastern time opener on the SEC Network at FirstBank Stadium in Nashville.
ESPN’s Football Power Index ranks Tennessee 5th overall with a 59.7 percent chance of making the college football playoffs. Georgia has a 95.5 percent chance, Ohio State has an 86.7 percent chance, and Michigan has a 62.4 percent chance.
Tennessee in South Carolina, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
There’s at least one guaranteed loss in the top four moving forward, with No. 2 Ohio State hosting No. 3 Michigan at 12 p.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium.
TCU is playing Saturday at Baylor, a Noon ET kickoff on FOX, as a 2.5-point favorite. The Horned Frogs host the State of Iowa on November 26th. TCU won 17-10 in Texas on Saturday night.
ESPN’s FPI ranked TCU 16th overall, with a 47.7 percent chance of winning the Big 12 but just a 32.7 percent chance of making the college football playoffs.
Clemson has a 27.3 percent chance of making the four-team playoff field. USC only has a 7.6 percent chance.
Tennessee debuted as No. The Vols dropped to No. 5 last week after the 27-13 loss to Georgia on Nov. 5 and stayed at No. 5 in both the Associated Press top 25 and Sunday’s USA Today Coaches Poll.
In Saturday’s 66-24 win over Missouri, Tennessee had nine wins in a season for the first time since 2007. The Vols also recorded a perfect 7-0 at home, their first unbeaten season at Neyland Stadium since 2007.
Tennessee had 14 points in the last six minutes against Missouri, including a 1-yard touchdown run by Dylan Sampson with 36 seconds remaining. After the game head coach Josh Heupel was asked if he was trying to add “style points” to victory as the Vols continue to chase a berth in the college football playoffs.
“The statement for us is that we are a good football team that plays good football,” said Heupel. “What makes the scoreboard in the end and what people might judge us for across the board, some of those things we don’t have control over.
“… Our best football is still ahead of us,” added Heupel. “I take pride in the fight, the competition, the ability to reset. The second half, the way our guys went into all three stages and fought, it was a good win.”
The 2007 team also became the last Tennessee team to win 10 games, matching that number with a 21-17 win over Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl to finish 10-4 overall. The Vols have not won 11 games in a season since 2001.
The College Football Playoffs semifinals will both be played on December 31 at the Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and the Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
The College Football Playoff National Championship Game will be played January 9 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California and is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.