Week 11 losses caused seismic turnover in the latest College Football Playoff hierarchy, with two of the previous top four being docked severely for defeats to Miami and Auburn.
Both Georgia (No. 1 last week) and Notre Dame (No. 3 last week) plummeted out of the top six, opening the door for some familiarity atop the rankings. Alabama and Clemson, the national championship game entrants the past two seasons, rose to Nos. 1-2 respectively in the third installment of the 2017 poll.
Miami made this a two-ACC top four, ascending from No. 7 to No. 3 after its rout of Notre Dame. Oklahoma climbed one spot to No. 4. With the exception of the Hurricanes, each of the three teams included in the latest top four has advanced to at least one College Football Playoff.
Wisconsin is the top lingerer at No. 5, and Auburn’s shellacking of Georgia elevated the Tigers to No. 6.
The Bulldogs dropped to No. 7 but have a better road to a possible qualification than the Fighting Irish, who are now No. 8. Georgia has booked a spot in the SEC championship game and will have a chance to likely face Alabama or Auburn in the conference’s title game. Notre Dame has only Navy and Stanford remaining on its slate, and with two losses now has likely been eliminated from this conversation.
Ohio State and Penn State occupied the final two top-10 spots, respectively. The two-loss Buckeyes rose from No. 13 to No. 9.
Unbeaten Central Florida continued its historic hobnobbing with power programs, becoming the highest-ranked Group of 5 team ever at No. 15.
USC, TCU, Oklahoma State, Washington State were slotted 11th-14th by the selection committee.
Here’s how the rest of the field stacks up.
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