ALABAMA TO NO. 1; CLEMSON UP TO 2
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.
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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-
1. Alabama 2. Clemson
4. Oklahoma 5. Wisconsin 6. Auburn
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
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.