Colorado moved up one spot in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night, landing at No. 8.
The Pac-12 South champion Buffaloes (10-2) jumped ahead of Oklahoma (9-2), which was idle last week.
CU will face North division champion Washington (11-1) in the Pac-12 title game on Friday in Santa Clara, Calif. The Huskies moved up to No. 4 in the CFP rankings and could seemingly lock up a playoff spot by beating the Buffs.
Alabama (12-0) remained at No. 1, while Ohio State (11-1) remained at No. 2. Clemson (11-1) jumped to No. 3. Last week’s No. 3, Michigan (10-2), fell to No. 5, after its double-overtime loss at Ohio State.
No. 6 Wisconsin (10-2) and No. 7 Penn State (10-2) will square off for the Big Ten championship on Saturday.
After CU is a pair of Big 12 teams — Oklahoma at No. 9 and Oklahoma State (9-2) at No. 10. Those two rivals play each other on Saturday.
From the Pac-12, USC (9-3) moved up to No. 11, while Stanford (9-3) moved up to No. 18 and Utah (8-4), despite a loss at Colorado, moved up to No. 20.
Despite moving up, CU still needs help to get into the top four and play for the national championship, but it sets up for a dramatic final weekend. The final CFP rankings will be released on Sunday.
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