The penultimate edition of the College Football Playoff rankings was released on Tuesday night, and the top four remain unchanged ahead of conference title week.
As it has every week since the first rankings were released last month, Clemson led the way as the nation’s top team, followed by SEC-leading Alabama in the No. 2 spot, which rolled to a 29-13 win against Auburn in Saturday’s Iron Bowl. Oklahoma remained in the three-hole after knocking off rival Oklahoma State, while Iowa once again rounded out the top four. A win for Alabama in this week’s SEC Championship game would almost certainly seal a Playoff berth for coach Nick Saban’s squad.
Florida tumbled down to No. 18 in the wake of a crushing 27-2 loss to in-state rival Florida State on Saturday, effectively ending any reasonable shot the Gators might have had at sneaking into the this year’s top four. However, Saturday’s matchup with the SEC front-runner Crimson Tide could allow them to regain some of this week’s lost ground, and they still appear ticketed for a quality bowl matchup.
Ole Miss, which turned in a dominant 38-27 Egg Bowl win against Mississippi State, jumped all the way up to No. 13 in the latest set of rankings. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, fell out of the Top 25 after doing the same in Sunday’s AP Poll. They concluded their regular season at 8-4.
LSU (No. 21) re-entered the Top 25 after notching a 19-7 victory over Texas A&M in its regular season finale — a game that likely played at least some role in coach Les Miles remaining with the team moving forward. The Tigers, too, are waiting to learn where they will play their bowl game.
Perhaps most surprisingly, Tennessee debuted at No. 25 after steamrolling Vanderbilt, 53-28, in Neyland Stadium on Saturday.
Check out the full rankings below:
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Florida State
- North Carolina
- Ole Miss
- Oklahoma State
- Southern California