The top four teams remained the same in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, though there was some movement among the quartet.
Unbeaten Alabama stayed at No. 1 and unbeaten Miami now is No. 2, up one spot from last week. UM switched spots with one-loss Clemson, and one-loss Oklahoma remained fourth. Wisconsin, which is the only other unbeaten team in the Power Five conferences, is fifth.
Clemson and Miami will meet in the ACC championship game on December 2. No league ever has had two teams make the four-team playoff field.
Alabama plays at No. 6 Auburn on Saturday in the game with the biggest potential to create a shakeup among the top four. Of note: No team outside of the top five in week four has made the playoff in its three-season history.
There are three other matchups this weekend involving two teams in the top 25: Clemson at No. 24 South Carolina, No. 8 Notre Dame at No. 21 Stanford and No. 13 Washington State at No. 17 Washington.
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. 20 and two-loss Boise State at No. 23. 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 six teams in the top 25, the most of any league. The three other teams in the top 25: Mississippi State at 14, LSU at 20 and South Carolina at 24.
The Big Ten has five, the Pac-12 four, the ACC and Big 12 have three each, the AAC has two, the Mountain West has one and there is one independent.
The top-10 schedules the rest of the way
1. Alabama (11-0): Saturday, at Auburn (9-2); December 2, possible SEC championship game vs. Georgia.
2. Miami (10-0): Friday, at Pitt (4-7); December 2, ACC championship game vs. Clemson.
3. Clemson (10-1): Saturday, at South Carolina (8-3); December 2, ACC championship game vs. Miami.
4. Oklahoma (10-1): Saturday, vs. West Virginia (7-4); December 2, Big 12 championship game vs. TBD.
5. Wisconsin (11-0): Saturday, at Minnesota (5-6); December 2, Big Ten championship game vs. Ohio State.
6. Auburn (9-2): Saturday, vs. Alabama (11-0); December 2, possible SEC championship game vs. Georgia.
7. Georgia (10-1): Saturday, at Georgia Tech (5-5); December 2, SEC championship game vs. TBA.
8. Notre Dame (9-2): Saturday, at Stanford (8-3).
9. Ohio State (9-2): Saturday, at Michigan (8-3); December 2, Big Ten championship game vs. Wisconsin.
10. Penn State (9-2): Saturday, at Maryland (4-7).
Here’s a look at the third set of CFP rankings in each of the first three seasons of the playoff, as well as the four teams that eventually made the playoff field.
3. Florida State
4. Mississippi State
The eventual four: 1. Alabama (1st in 4th week of rankings); 2. Oregon (2nd); 3. Florida State (3rd); 4. Ohio State (6th)
The eventual four: 1. Clemson (1st); 2. Alabama (2nd); 3. Michigan State (5th); 4. Oklahoma (3rd)
2. Ohio State
The eventual four: 1. Alabama (1st); 2. Clemson (4th); 3. Ohio State (2nd); 4. Washington (5th).
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