The BYU Cougars and their fan base were not pleased about the team's placement in Tuesday's initial College Football Playoff rankings. They will perhaps be encouraged to know that this week's Allstate Playoff Predictor gives Kalani Sitake's 14th-ranked squad a better chance to reach the field than the current CFP rank might indicate.
BYU, which was idle this past week, jumped from 14.1% to 23.1% to reach the four-team field, vaulting both USC and Oregon to land at No. 6 in this week's playoff odds.
The top five teams in the Predictor remain the same, though there was also some movement in that group. While Alabama (95.9% to reach the playoff), Ohio State (78.1%) and Notre Dame (68.1%) also saw their percentages climb, it was Clemson's return to the top four that was the most notable change near the top. The Tigers, who took down Pittsburgh 52-17, saw their playoff odds increase from 33.5% to 50.7%.
Clemson's move came at the expense of Cincinnati, which fell to fifth in the Predictor after seeing its odds dip slightly from 35.3% to 34.9%. The Bearcats' scheduled game against Temple on Saturday was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns.
Among SEC hopefuls not named Alabama, both Texas A&M and Florida improved their percentages slightly following victories. The Aggies moved from 11.6% to 13.9% to reach the field after defeating LSU, while the Gators improved from 12.2% to 12.8% after shaking off a sluggish start to beat Kentucky.
A complete look at this week's Allstate Playoff Predictor: