Alabama is the new No. 1 in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings

College Football Playoff

Alabama ascended to the top spot in the third set of College Football Playoff rankings, the same spot it was in last year at the same point in the season.

The top 10 underwent a massive shakeup after a Saturday involving three games matching two top-10 teams.

• Georgia dropped from first to seventh, one spot behind Auburn, which hammered the Bulldogs last weekend. Auburn, which was 10th last week, is the highest-ranked two-loss team.
• Notre Dame dropped from third to ninth. Miami, which routed the Irish, moved up four spots, into third.
• Oklahoma moved up two spots, to fourth, after downing TCU. The Horned Frogs, in turn, dropped from seventh to 12th.

Clemson, which was fourth last week, now is No. 2. That gives the ACC two of the top four teams; no league ever has had two teams make the four-team field.

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Unbeaten Wisconsin, which joins Alabama and Miami as the only unbeaten Power Five teams, is fifth this week; the Badgers were eighth last week.

The top-ranked Group of Five team is unbeaten UCF, which is 15th. The other Group of Five teams in the top 25 are one-loss Memphis at No. 21 and two-loss Boise State at No. 25. The highest-ranked group of Five team in the final CFP rankings is guaranteed a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl.

The SEC has two other teams in the top 25: Mississippi State at 16 and LSU at 20.

The Big Ten has the most teams in the top 25, with six. The Pac-12 has four, the ACC and Big 12 have three each, the AAC has two, the Mountain West has one and there is one independent.

Unlike the past two weekends, which each had seven games matching two ranked teams, there is a far less compelling schedule this week. The top two teams play FCS opponents, and four other teams in the top 10 – Oklahoma, Auburn, Ohio State and Penn State – play opponents with losing records. The only game – on paper, at least – involving a top-10 team that looks as if it will be competitive is Wisconsin playing host to No. 24 Michigan, which is 8-2.

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