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 LSU, Houston, Memphis, USC and Wisconsin fell out.
The full rankings:
5. Michigan State
6. Notre Dame
8. Ohio State
11. Oklahoma State
13. Florida State
14. North Carolina
18. Ole Miss
20. Washington State
21. Mississippi State
Houston is getting set to play Navy in the game of the year in the American Athletic Conference a week after seeing its undefeated season snapped on the road at UConn. The Cougars still have plenty to play for and may still actually be the favorite to reach the New Years Six bowl line-up at the end of the season. Regardless, they will do so after losing two players. It was reported today Houston freshman wide receiver Tyriek Gray and offensive lineman James Works have left the program.
No reasons for the departures has been reported, and neither appears to be a major hit to depth in the immediate future of the program. Gray has appeared in just one game this season. Works, a JUCO transfer from Western Community College, has not played a down for the Cougars this season according to The Houston Chronicle’s original report on the roster news. Neither player appeared on the depth chart for last week’s game against the Huskies.
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)
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.
- Clemson (55)
- Alabama (6)
- Notre Dame
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Oklahoma State
- North Carolina
- Florida State
- Ole Miss
- Washington State
- Mississippi State
When defending national champion Ohio State took a loss in the final seconds at home against Michigan State and Baylor handed Oklahoma State its first loss of the season, you knew there was going to be a new look to the latest top 25 polls. The latest coaches poll, released today, has No. 1 Clemson as a clear favorite now with 58 of a possible 64 first-place votes going to the Tigers. No. 2 Alabama picked up five first-place votes while moving up one spot in the coaches poll, and the No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes received the last available first-place vote while remaining undefeated.
No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 6 Michigan State and No. 7 Baylor all moved up in the poll this week, as expected. Ohio State fell down to No. 8 in the latest coaches poll, down six spots from last week. No. 9 Florida fell a spot despite winning, but having to go to overtime to beat FAU rarely helps move a team up in the polls. No. 10 Oklahoma State still lands in the top 10 after losing at home to Baylor Saturday night.
No. 11 North Carolina continues to climb, although it is a slow and steady pace. The Tar Heels moved up one spot this week after an overtime win at Virginia Tech. No. 12 Stanford moved up three spots as they closed out Pac-12 regular season play with a win against rival Cal. Stanford takes on Notre Dame this week. Stanford tied in the poll for the No. 12 spot with Michigan. Both remain ahead of No. 14 Florida State. No. 15 Navy moved up four spots this week, taking advantage of another loss to No. 16 TCU (down five spots). No. 17 Northwestern, No. 18 Oregon, No. 19 Ole Miss all had nice bumps in the poll this week as well.
Here is a look at the latest coaches poll, with first-place votes noted where applicable;
1. Clemson (58)
2. Alabama (5)
3. Iowa (1)
4. Notre Dame
6. Michigan State
8. Ohio State
10. Oklahoma State
11. North Carolina
12. (t) Stanford
12. (t) Michigan
14. Florida State
19. Ole Miss
21. Mississippi State