Elsewhere in the CFP rankings: Virginia Tech (7-2, 3-2) dropped four spots to 17th after losing Saturday in Miami Gardens.
The rest of the top 10: No. 1 Georgia, No. 3 Alabama - both 9-0 - the third-ranked Irish, No. 4 Clemson and No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 TCU, all of whom are 8-1. The Badgers pulled away late in a rout of Indiana.
That's a possibility college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit discussed during the College Football Playoff rankings show on ESPN.
Selection committee Chairman Kirby Hocutt, Texas Tech's athletic director, said the committee was impressed by the Hurricanes' most convincing victory of the season against a "solid" Virginia Tech team. The Tigers close out the season with three home games, including this Saturday against Georgia and the annual Iron Bowl rivalry vs. Alabama.
Washington (8-1) gave the Pac-12 its first top 10 team of the season by rising from No. 12 to No. 9, and Auburn (7-2) became the lone two-loss team in the top 10, jumping from No. 14 to No. 10. Holding steady at No. 5 is the Oklahoma Sooners (8-1). USC 12. Michigan State 13.More news: Set your clocks back an hour as Daylight Saving Time ends
TCU moved up from No. 8 to No. 6 thanks to losses by Ohio State and Penn State.
The last time Georgia held a top ranking for longer than one week was in 1982, when the Bulldogs held the AP No. 1 spot for five consecutive weeks to close the regular season. The national championship game will be Monday, January 8, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
There may be no better team prime to create complete havoc that No. 10 Auburn.
Central Florida is still penciled in at No. 18 and controls their own destiny to represent the Group of 5 conferences in the New Year's Six bowl games.