Alabama to 1 in play­off rank­ings, then Clem­son, Mi­ami, OU

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

Alabama and Clem­son are back on top of the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off rank­ings, the ninth time over the last three sea­sons that the Crim­son Tide and Tigers have held the first two spots in some or­der.

Alabama was the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee’s new No. 1 on Tues­day night, with Clem­son up two spots to No. 2. Mi­ami and Ok­la­homa fol­lowed, join­ing the top four for the first time this sea­son. Wis­con­sin was fifth and Auburn was up to sixth.

Alabama and Clem­son have met in the last two na­tional cham­pi­onship games, with each win­ning one. If they win out, there is good chance they could en­ter the post­sea­son po­si­tioned to make it three straight ti­tle game matchups.

The Crim­son Tide had been sec­ond be­hind Ge­or­gia in the first two se­lec­tion com­mit­tee rank­ings, but the Bull­dogs and pre­vi­ously No. 3 Notre Dame were beaten last week­end, open­ing up the top for changes.

Un­beaten Mi­ami jumped from sev­enth to third and along with Clem­son gave the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence two top-four teams for the first time in the four-year Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off era.

Ok­la­homa moved up one spot.

Un­beaten Wis­con­sin moved up from eighth and is the high­est-ranked Big Ten team. Auburn is the high­est-ranked team with two losses.

Ge­or­gia is sev­enth and Notre Dame is eighth.

Ohio State is back in the top 10 af­ter an im­pres­sive vic­tory against Michi­gan State, and Penn State is 10th. South­ern Cal­i­for­nia at 11th is the high­es­tranked Pac-12 team.

UCF climbed to No. 15, mak­ing the un­de­feated Knights the high­es­tranked team from a Group of Five con­fer­ence. The high­est-ranked con­fer­ence cham­pion from out­side the Power Five is guar­an­teed a spot in the New Year’s Six bowls.

WHO’S IN CON­TROL?

There were com­plaints from Mi­ami and Ok­la­homa fans about be­ing stuck be­hind Clem­son. Com­mit­tee chair­man Kirby Ho­cutt, the ath­letic di­rec­tor at Texas Tech, said Clem­son’s six vic­to­ries against teams with win­ning records gave the Tigers the nod.

He added that the im­pact of Clem­son’s loss to Syra­cuse (4-6) has been mit­i­gated by in­juries ham­per­ing Tigers quar­ter­back Kelly Bryant in that game. Bryant came into the game with a sore an­kle that hob­bled him and missed the sec­ond half with a con­cus­sion.

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