’Bama, Clem­son, Mi­ami, Ok­la­homa top CFP rank­ings

The Maui News - - SPORTS - By RALPH D. RUSSO

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, 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.

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 high­es­tranked Big Ten team. Auburn is the high­est-ranked team with two losses.

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Jalen Hurts and Alabama top this week’s Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off rank­ings.

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