‘Bama to 1 in play­off rank­ings, then Clem­son, Mi­ami

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - By RALPH D. RUSSO

Alabama is the new No. 1 in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off rank­ings, with Clem­son up to No. 2 and Mi­ami and Oklahoma join­ing the top four for the first time.

Wis­con­sin was fifth and Auburn was up to sixth in the rank­ings re­leased Tues­day.

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.

Clem­son moved up from fourth and un­beaten Mi­ami jumped from sev­enth to third, giv­ing the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence two top four teams. Oklahoma moved up one spot.

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

Georgia is sev­enth and Notre Dame 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 high­est ranked Pac-12 team.

UCF climbed to No. 15, mak­ing the un­de­feated Knights the high­est-ranked 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. is

AP PHOTO BY RO­GE­LIO V. SOLIS

Alabama of­fen­sive line­man Bradley Boze­man (75) hoists wide re­ceiver Devonta Smith (6) as they cel­e­brate Smith’s 26-yard touch­down pass re­cep­tion dur­ing an col­lege foot­ball game in Starkville, Miss., Satur­day.

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