Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan Take Top 4 Spots in College Football Playoff Rankings

There was little drama at the top of the second College Football Playoff ranking when it was released Tuesday.

The three remaining unbeatens among the Power Five schools took the top three spots with Alabama at No. 1 followed by Clemson and Notre Dame. The Irish were the lone to team among the group to change positions after being fourth in the initial ranking.

The only significant question at the top was which team would replace LSU in the top four after the Tigers, who were ranked third last week, fell Saturday to the Crimson Tide.

Michigan, No. 5 last week, looked poised to move up with the Wolverines fresh off three impressive victories as part of an eight-game winning streak since their opening loss to Notre Dame. Georgia was another possibility after the Bulldogs went on the road and beat Kentucky, ranked No. 9 last week.

In the end, the honor went to Michigan, with Georgia also rising one place to fifth. Oklahoma, LSU and Washington State occupied sixth through eighth, respectively, and remained within striking distance.

The big winner Tuesday was West Virginia. The Mountaineers moved into the top 10 by jumping four positions to No. 9 following its stirring defeat on the road against Texas. Ohio State stayed put in 10th after a mediocre performance against Nebraska.

The news was not as good for Central Florida, the lone unbeaten not in a Power Five conference. The Knights maintained their place at No. 12 after improving its winning streak to 21 games by beating Temple. Their prognosis for making the field would appear to be slim unless there is several surprising results among the contenders.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Erick Smith