Alabama the new No. 1 in College Football playoff rankings

STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 11: Josh Jacobs #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball for a first down during the second half of an NCAA football game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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Josh Jacobs and the Crimson Tide held off Mississippi State, 31-24, on Saturday.

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 night.

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.

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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.

The playoff rankings


The College Football Playoff Selection Committee issues weekly rankings each Tuesday, with the final rankings 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.

1. Alabama10-0
2. Clemson9-1
3. Miami9-0
4. Oklahoma9-1
5. Wisconsin10-0
6 Auburn8-2
7. Georgia9-1
8. Notre Dame8-2
9. Ohio St.8-2
10. Penn St.8-2
11. Southern Cal9-2
12. TCU8-2
13. Oklahoma St.8-2
14. Wash. St.9-2
15. UCF9-0
16. Mississippi St.7-3
17. Michigan St.7-3
18. Washington8-2
19. N.C. State7-3
20. LSU7-3
21. Memphis8-1
22. Stanford7-3
23. Northwestern7-3
24. Michigan8-2
25. Boise St.8-2