Alabama atop playoff rankings


By Ralph D. Russo - AP College Football Writer



Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman (75) hoists wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) as they celebrate Smith's 26-yard touchdown pass reception for the go-ahead score during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Alabama won 31-24. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


Playoff Rankings

;Record

1. Alabama;10-0

2. Clemson;9-1

3. Miami;9-0

4. Oklahoma;9-1

5. Wisconsin;10-0

6 Auburn;8-2

7. Georgia;9-1

8. Notre Dame;8-2

9. Ohio St.;8-2

10. Penn St.;8-2

11. Southern Cal;9-2

12. TCU;8-2

13. Oklahoma St.;8-2

14. Washington St.;9-2

15. UCF;9-0

16. Mississippi St.;7-3

17. Michigan St.;7-3

18. Washington;8-2

19. NC State;7-3

20. LSU;7-3

21. Memphis;8-1

22. Stanford;7-3

23. Northwestern;7-3

24. Michigan;8-2

25. Boise St.;8-2

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will issue weekly rankings each Tuesday, with the final rankings being announced Sunday, Dec. 3 (Noon EST). The playoff semifinals will match the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 4 seed, and No. 2 will face No. 3. The semifinals will be hosted at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018. The championship game will be played on Jan. 8, 2018 at Atlanta.

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.

Wisconsin was fifth and Auburn was up to sixth in the rankings released Tuesday.

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.

Clemson moved up from fourth and unbeaten Miami jumped from seventh to third, giving the Atlantic Coast Conference two top four teams. 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 highest ranked 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.

Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman (75) hoists wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) as they celebrate Smith's 26-yard touchdown pass reception for the go-ahead score during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Alabama won 31-24. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/11/web1_119202591-c381ee904b5841e3adc9c82c4a6dcef1.jpgAlabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman (75) hoists wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) as they celebrate Smith's 26-yard touchdown pass reception for the go-ahead score during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Alabama won 31-24. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By Ralph D. Russo

AP College Football Writer

Playoff Rankings

;Record

1. Alabama;10-0

2. Clemson;9-1

3. Miami;9-0

4. Oklahoma;9-1

5. Wisconsin;10-0

6 Auburn;8-2

7. Georgia;9-1

8. Notre Dame;8-2

9. Ohio St.;8-2

10. Penn St.;8-2

11. Southern Cal;9-2

12. TCU;8-2

13. Oklahoma St.;8-2

14. Washington St.;9-2

15. UCF;9-0

16. Mississippi St.;7-3

17. Michigan St.;7-3

18. Washington;8-2

19. NC State;7-3

20. LSU;7-3

21. Memphis;8-1

22. Stanford;7-3

23. Northwestern;7-3

24. Michigan;8-2

25. Boise St.;8-2

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will issue weekly rankings each Tuesday, with the final rankings being announced Sunday, Dec. 3 (Noon EST). The playoff semifinals will match the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 4 seed, and No. 2 will face No. 3. The semifinals will be hosted at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018. The championship game will be played on Jan. 8, 2018 at Atlanta.