Losses don’t hurt much af­ter all

Michi­gan sticks at No. 3, Clem­son falls only 2 spots to 4th

Baltimore Sun - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Matt Murschel

Three of the top four teams in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off rank­ings suf­fered losses over the week­end, open­ing the door for a ma­jor shake-up at the top of the poll re­leased Tues­day night.

Alabama (10-0), one of two un­de­feated teams in the coun­try, re­mained No. 1.

Ohio State (9-1) moved into the No. 2 spot, fol­lowed by Michi­gan (9-1), which re­mained at No. 3 de­spite los­ing to Iowa, and Clem­son (9-1) at No. 4.

Louisville (9-1) re­mains on the out­side look­ing in on the top four at No. 5, fol­lowed by Wash­ing­ton (9-1) at No. 6.

Clem­son, Michi­gan and Wash­ing­ton all lost to un­ranked teams over the week­end, but the com­mit­tee felt the Tigers and Wolver­ines still de­served spots in the top four. Clem­son dropped two spots from No. 2.

Wis­con­sin was sev­enth and Penn State eighth, giv­ing the Big Ten four teams in the top 10. Ok­la­homa was the high­est-rated Big 12 team at nine and Colorado was 10th.

“The com­mit­tee this week spent a great deal of time on teams two through six — there are small sep­a­ra­tions from those cat­e­gories of teams,” Kirby Ho­cutt, chair­man of the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off se­lec­tion com­mit­tee, said on ESPN. “What im­pressed the com­mit­tee about Michi­gan is they have three wins against CFP top-10 teams.”

Among Group of Five pro­grams, Boise State moved up to No. 20, just

CFP Top 25

1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Michi­gan 4. Clem­son 5. Louisville 6. Wash­ing­ton 7. Wis­con­sin 8. Penn State 9. Ok­la­homa 10. Colorado 11. Ok­la­homa State 12. Utah 13. USC 14. West Vir­ginia 15. Auburn 16. LSU 17. Florida State 18. Ne­braska 19. Ten­nessee 20. Boise State 21. West­ern Michi­gan 22. Wash­ing­ton State 23. Florida 24. Stan­ford 25. Texas A&M 10-0 9-1 9-1 9-1 9-1 9-1 8-2 8-2 8-2 8-2 8-2 8-2 7-3 8-1 7-3 6-3 7-3 8-2 7-3 9-1 10-0 8-2 7-2 7-3 7-3 ahead of un­de­feated West­ern Michi­gan at No. 21.

The fi­nal poll will be re­vealed live on ESPN at noon Dec. 4.

The top four teams qual­ify for the two semi­fi­nal games, which will be held at the Fi­esta and Peach bowls Dec. 31.

The win­ners will meet in the na­tional cham­pi­onship game on Jan. 9 at Ray­mond James Sta­dium in Tampa, Fla.

The re­main­ing games that com­pose the New Year’s Six ac­cess bowl games — Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cot­ton — will select the high­est-ranked re­main­ing teams that fill their cri­te­ria.

The high­est-ranked con­fer­ence cham­pion from the Group of Five con­fer­ences — Amer­i­can, Con­fer­ence USA, Mid- Amer­i­can, Moun­tain West and Sun Belt — also will re­ceive a spot.

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