Clemson Rises To 2nd In Playoff Ranking

The shakeup in college football on Saturday has shaken up the College Football Playoff rankings.

The third edition of the rankings, released Tuesday night by the College Football Playoff selection committee, not only delivered a new No. 1 but also added two new teams.

Georgia's blowout loss (40-17 to Auburn) knocked the Bulldogs out and opened the door for Alabama to move to first, followed by Clemson, Miami (Fla.) and Oklahoma. Georgia had been No. 1 in the previous two rankings.

The 9-0 Hurricanes, coming off a 41-8 thrashing of Notre Dame, climbed from seventh to third, and Oklahoma moved into the top four after spending the previous two weeks at No. 5. The Irish fell from No. 3 to No. 8.

Wisconsin (10-0), rose to No. 5. The Badgers, whose schedule has been the object of derision, can get a boost this week if they can beat Michigan.

"Tremendous debate between No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Miami. Both play tremendous defense," said CFP selection committee chair Kirby Hocutt, who noted the Tigers' win against Auburn as a deciding factor.

Clemson and Miami both have clinched spots in the ACC title game.

“Lots of debate on teams one through five and where they went,” Hocutt said. “We talked a lot about the Sooners. Three wins against teams ranked in the top 13 of this week’s rankings. It’s the loss to Iowa State that did not allow Oklahoma to rank higher this week.”

Auburn, Hocutt said, was the best two-loss team in the running.

 

The full rankings:

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 State (8-2)

10. Penn State (8-2)

11. Southern California (9-2)

12. TCU (8-2)

13. Oklahoma State (8-2)

14. Washington State (9-2) 

15. Central Florida (9-0)

16. Mississippi State (7-3)

17. Michigan State (7-3)

18. Washington (8-2)

19. N.C. 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 State (8-2)

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