Alabama re­turns to No. 1 rank­ing

Ge­or­gia’s loss made it easy for panel; Clem­son now No. 2

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - SPORTS - By Matt Murschel Or­lando Sen­tinel

Alabama re­turned to a fa­mil­iar po­si­tion, earn­ing the No. 1 spot in the lat­est Col­lege Football Play­off rank­ings re­leased Tues­day evening.

It’s the 11th time the Crim­son Tide have been ranked No. 1 dur­ing the 21 edi­tions of the play­off poll first launched in 2014.

Alabama (10-0, 7-0 SEC) moved to the front of the pack this week thanks to a com­bi­na­tion of its 31-24 come-from-be­hind win over Mis­sis­sippi State and a loss by for­mer No. 1 Ge­or­gia, which fell to Auburn on Satur­day.

Clem­son moved up to No. 2 with a 31-14 win over Florida State. The Tigers (9-1, 7-1 ACC) have been ranked in the top four in 15 con­sec­u­tive polls dat­ing to the start of the 2015 sea­son.

Mi­ami burst into the third spot of the rank­ings after the Hur­ri­canes (9-0, 6-0 ACC) thrashed Notre Dame 41-8 to re­main un­de­feated. It’s the first time the ACC has fea­tured two teams in the top four of the play­off rank­ings.

Ok­la­homa cap­i­tal­ized on an­other im­pres­sive win against a ranked op­po­nent to move into the top four for the first time since the fi­nal rank­ings of 2015. The Soon­ers (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) de­feated then-No. 6 TCU 38-20 on Satur­day to claim the top spot in the Big 12 race.

Wis­con­sin (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) re­mains on the out­side look­ing in as it per­tains to the top four spots de­spite be­ing one of four un­de­feated teams in the Football Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion. The CFP RANK­INGS 1. Alabama 2. Clem­son 3. Mi­ami 4. Ok­la­homa 5. Wis­con­sin 6 Auburn 7. Ge­or­gia 8. Notre Dame 9. Ohio State 10. Penn State 11. USC 12. TCU 13. Ok­la­homa State 14. Wash­ing­ton State 15. UCF 16. Mis­sis­sippi State 17. Michi­gan State 18. Wash­ing­ton 19. N.C. State 20. LSU 21. Mem­phis 22. Stan­ford 23. North­west­ern 24. Michi­gan 25. Boise State 10-0 9-1 9-0 9-1 10-0 8-2 9-1 8-2 8-2 8-2 9-2 8-2 8-2 9-2 9-0 7-3 7-3 8-2 7-3 7-3 8-1 7-3 7-3 8-2 8-2 Badgers, who moved up to No. 5, con­tinue to be ham­pered by what the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee per­ceives as a weak strength of sched­ule.

Auburn (8-2, 7-1 SEC) moved up to No. 6 with its im­pres­sive rout of Ge­or­gia. The Tigers, the high­est ranked two-loss team in the poll, con­trol their fate with a matchup against Alabama loom­ing in two weeks. A win over the Tide would put Auburn in the SEC cham­pi­onship game and set up a re­match with the Bull­dogs.

Ge­or­gia (9-1, 6-1 SEC) dropped to sev­enth with the loss to Auburn but still could find its way back into one of the semi­fi­nals with a win in the SEC ti­tle game.

UCF (9-0) con­tin­ues to be the high­est-ranked among the non-au­ton­o­mous con­fer­ences at No. 15. That ties Western Michi­gan last sea­son as the high­est spot a Group of Five team has ever been ranked.

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