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C.J. Beathard, Zach Poker, Mike Caprara
Associated Press

Oklahoma and Iowa move into top four in latest College Football Playoff rankings

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The fourth set of College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday night, and Clemson is No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week. Alabama remained second, and Oklahoma leapt from seventh to third after winning their second consecutive game against a top-20 team. Iowa moved up a spot from fifth to fourth, and Michigan State jumped from No. 9 to No. 5 after its massive road win over Ohio State.

Ohio State fell from third to eighth due to that loss. Baylor passed the Buckeyes for No. 7 following their decisive win at then-No. 6 Oklahoma State, and Notre Dame dropped from fourth to sixth after a close win a Boston College.

Washington State, Mississippi State, UCLA, Toledo and Temple jumped into the rankings, while Houston, Memphis, USC and Wisconsin fell out.

The full rankings:

1. Clemson
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma
4. Iowa
5. Michigan State
6. Notre Dame
7. Baylor
8. Ohio State
9. Stanford
10. Michigan
11. Oklahoma State
12. Florida
13. Florida State
14. North Carolina
15. Navy
16. Northwestern
17. Oregon
18. Ole Miss
19. TCU
20. Washington State
21.  Mississippi State
22. UCLA
23. Utah
24. Toledo
25. Temple

Finalists for O’Brien, Outland, Bednarik, other awards announced

Christian McCaffrey
Associated Press

A slew of finalists for college football’s major individual awards were announced Tuesday evening, highlighted by multi-award finalists Derrick HenryChristian McCaffrey and Deshaun Watson. Eleven of the 12 awards listed below (excluding the Burlsworth Trophy) are members of the National College Football Awards Assocation and will have their winners announced during ESPN’s Home Depot 25th Anniversary College Football Awards Show, to be broadcast from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Thursday, Dec. 10 (7 p.m. ET).

The winner of the Rimington Award as the nation’s top center will also be revealed on ESPN’s show, but finalists aren’t announced until Monday, Dec. 7.

The finalists are:

Maxwell Award (best overall player)
Derrick Henry, Alabama
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
Deshaun Watson, Clemson

Davey O’Brien Award (best quarterback)
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Deshaun Watson, Clemson

Doak Walker Award (best running back)
Leonard Fournette, LSU
Derrick Henry, Alabama
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford

Biletnikoff Award (best wide receiver)
Corey Coleman, Baylor
Josh Doctson, TCU
Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

John Mackey Award (best tight end)
Hunter Henry, Arkansas
Austin Hooper, Stanford
Jordan Leggett, Clemson

Outland Trophy (best interior lineman)
Spencer Drango, Baylor
Joshua Garnett, Stanford
A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama

Chuck Bednarik Award (best defensive player)
Tyler Matakevich, Temple
Carl Nassib, Penn State
Reggie Ragland, Alabama

Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back)
Jeremy Cash, Duke
Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
Desmond King, Iowa

Lou Groza Award (best kicker)
Daniel Carlson, Auburn
Jake Elliott, Memphis
Ka’imi Fairbairn, UCLA

Ray Guy Award (best punter)
Michael Carrizosa, San Jose State
Tom Hackett, Utah
Hayden Hunt, Colorado State

Burlsworth Trophy (best walk-on)*
Luke Falk, Washington State
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Carl Nassib, Penn State

Wuerffel Trophy (best community servant)
Ty Darlington, Oklahoma
Landon Foster, Kentucky
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana

* – winner not announced at ESPN awards show

Championship odds continue to be in Alabama’s and Clemson’s favor


With Ohio State being bumped behind Michigan State in the Big Ten East Division hunt this past weekend, the Buckeyes have seen their chances of defending their national championship take a hit. That makes Alabama and Clemson the top two favorites for the College Football Playoff national championship as the regular season comes to a close this week in both the SEC and ACC.

According to David Purdum, Las Vegas SuperBook lists Alabama with 3/2 odds to win the national championship, followed by Clemson at 4/1. Ohio State now has the same odds as Iowa, at 20/1. Michigan State has the best odds out of the Big Ten with 12/1 odds following this weekend’s victory in Columbus. Oklahoma, Baylor and Notre Dame are also in the mix between Clemson and Michigan State.

The latest College Football Playoff rankings will be updated Tuesday night. Clemson, Alabama and Notre Dame are expected to hold on to one of the top four spots at a crucial point in the season. Iowa, Michigan State and Oklahoma all have arguments to be made to be place din the top four, but it is also important to remember there are some key games still to be played that could shake up the entire playoff picture in the final couple of weeks. Notre Dame has to get out of Stanford with a win this week to remain in contention. Oklahoma still has to play Oklahoma State. Michigan State and Iowa could square off in the Big Ten Championship Game if the Spartans take care of business at home against Penn State this week.

The odds may be in Alabama’s and Clemson’s favor for now, but each will have to win their rivalry games this weekend against Auburn and South Carolina, respectively (which should be expected), and then win conference title games against Florida and UNC, respectively once more.

Ohio State opens a 2.5-point favorite over Michigan, other Rivalry Week odds

Associated Press

Ohio State lost to Michigan State but, contrary to popular opinion, the Buckeyes are not packing it in for the rest of the season and folding the program. At least, that’s what the folks in Vegas think.

The Buckeyes opened Week 13 a 2.5-point favorite over Michigan Sunday, according to Vegas Insider. After all, Ohio State is 48-4 under Urban Meyer and has posted a 12-2 record against the hated Wolverines since Jim Tressel‘s arrival in 2001. However, both Michigan wins came in Ann Arbor, as Saturday’s game will be.

Other Rivalry Week opening lines of note:

  • Iowa (-1) at Nebraska
  • Navy at Houston (-1.5)
  • Marshall at Western Kentucky (-10.5)
  • Baylor (pick ’em) at TCU
  • North Carolina (-6) at N.C. State
  • Florida State at Florida (-3)
  • Clemson (-15.5) at South Carolina
  • Georgia (-4.5) at Georgia Tech
  • Texas A&M at LSU (-4)
  • Alabama (-13) at Auburn
  • Southern Miss at Louisiana Tech (-6.5)
  • Ole Miss (-2) at Mississippi State
  • Oklahoma (-3.5) at Oklahoma State
  • Notre Dame (-2) at Stanford
  • UCLA at USC (-3.5)


AP Top 25: Clemson gobbles up first-place votes, Alabama gets small slice of pie

Deshaun Watson

As expected, the No. 1 Clemson Tigers remain on top of the latest Associated Press Top 25, and they gathered a number of first-place votes previously being awarded to Ohio State. The Tigers received 55 first-place votes in this week’s poll to be the clear number one team in the country according to the voters. No. 2 Alabama moved up one spot and received six first-place votes despite having one loss.

No. 8 Ohio State tumbled six spots in the poll this week, while undefeated No. 3 Iowa was bumped up three spots. No. 6 Michigan State, who handed Ohio State its first loss of the year, was moved up three spots. No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 5 Oklahoma each moved up two spots. No. 7 Baylor moved up three spots as well, while No. 9 Oklahoma State was dropped five following their loss to the Bears. No. 10 Florida dropped two spots after avoiding an overtime upset at home against FAU.

No. 11 North Carolina and No. 12 Michigan each moved up two spots following road victories, and No. 13 Stanford moved up three spots. No. 14 Florida State moved up two spots this week. No. 15 TCU dropped four spots after coming up just shy of stunning Oklahoma. The Horned Frogs remain one spot ahead of No. 16 Navy, the highest-ranked Group of Five program in each of the major polls. Navy is followed by No. 17 Northwestern (up three), No. 18 Oregon (up five), No. 19 Ole Miss (up six) and No. 20 Washington State (up four) in the top 20.

No. 21 Houston fell eight spots but remain ranked after losing at UConn. Houston stays ahead of No. 22 UCLA and No. 23 Mississippi State. Toledo (No. 24) and Temple (No. 25) returned to the AP top 25 this week after previously appearing and dropping out earlier this season.

Here is the latest AP Top 25, with first-place votes noted where applicable.

  1. Clemson (55)
  2. Alabama (6)
  3. Iowa
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Michigan State
  7. Baylor
  8. Ohio State
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Florida
  11. North Carolina
  12. Michigan
  13. Stanford
  14. Florida State
  15. TCU
  16. Navy
  17. Northwestern
  18. Oregon
  19. Ole Miss
  20. Washington State
  21. Houston
  22. UCLA
  23. Mississippi State
  24. Toledo
  25. Temple