The Full College Football Playoff Rankings were announced along with the New Years Day 6 Bowl games.
The Gophers moved back to #25 in the final rankings after being dropped out a week ago.
The full rankings summary is below:
|Playoff||AP||Coaches||Massey computer composite|
|2||Oregon||Florida State||Florida State||Oregon|
|4||Ohio State||Baylor||Ohio State||Ohio State|
|5||Baylor||Ohio State||Baylor||Florida State|
|7||Mississippi State||Michigan State||Michigan State||Ole Miss|
|8||Michigan State||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Mississippi State|
|9||Ole Miss||Ole Miss||Georgia Tech||Michigan State|
|10||Arizona||Georgia Tech||Kansas State||Georgia|
|11||Kansas State||Kansas State||Arizona||Auburn|
|12||Georgia Tech||Arizona||Ole Miss||Kansas State|
|15||Arizona State||Arizona State||UCLA||Wisconsin|
|21||Louisville||Boise State||Boise State||Arizona State|
However the major development that helps the Gophers out is that Mississippi State moved up to #7, while Michigan State remained at #8. Due to this, Mississippi State will go to the Orange Bowl, the ACC will NOT take the B1G slot in the Citrus Bowl, and most likely the Gophers will be going to their first New Years Day Bowl since 1962!
The New Years Six Bowls are:
Orange Bowl: # 7 Mississippi State vs # 12 Georgia Tech
Peach Bowl: #9 Mississippi vs #6 TCU
Fiesta Bowl: #20 Boise State vs # 10 Arizona
Cotton Bowl: #8 Michigan State vs #5 Baylor
Wow...those are some great games.
Again...the highlight of this means the Big Ten will have two New Years Day Bowl slots this year--The Outback and the Citrus. Thus most likely the Gophers will get one and will play on New Years Day for the first time since 1962!
Stay tuned. We will have a post of the official announcement as soon as it comes!