ALABAMA TO NO. 1; CLEM­SON UP TO 2

The Denver Post - - 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.

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

The As­so­ci­ated Press

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 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.

There were com­plaints from Mi­ami and Ok­la­homa fans about be­ing stuck be­hind Clem­son. Com­mit­tee chair-

Play­off 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. South­ern Cal 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 Record 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 The Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee will is­sue weekly rank­ings each Tues­day, with the final rank­ings re­leased Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. man 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.

He also pointed out that Mi­ami not hav­ing a road win against a win­ning team worked against the Hur­ri­canes and that Ok­la­homa’s loss to Iowa State (6-4) at home was weigh­ing down the Soon­ers a bit.

Ar­gue about the or­der all you like but here’s the bot­tom line: Clem­son and Mi­ami will play in the ACC ti­tle game on Dec. 2, and bar­ring a big up­set or two be­fore they get there, it’s a play­off play-in game.

Ok­la­homa can rest easy, too. The Soon­ers should be fine if they win out and are Big 12 cham­pi­ons.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.