Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan Latest Quartet in College Football Playoff Rankings

Grant SmithNov 10, 2018

Oklahoma remains on the outside looking in with the second College Football Playoff rankings.

Sure, LSU lost to the best team in the country in Alabama.

That's right, we're down to basically 10 teams for the four spots. Following them, you have undefeated Notre Dame and a bunch of other one-loss teams. At minimum, the Tigers should be ranked closer to Florida than to Alabama. Georgia is the second highest-ranked one-loss team after MI. That's important because, barring chaos, the true Playoff hopefuls will all likely sit in the committee's updated top 10 this week - and remaining schedules suggest that chaos isn't likely to happen. Unless they turn it around, they could unquestionable drop their second game out of their last three.

Notre Dame is now No. 3, with MI moving up to No. 4. The loss of that game, should it have been a WVU win, might have been a difference in one or two slots in this week's rankings. The gamble paid off and West Virginia remains in play for a spot not only in the Big 12 Championship, but possibly in the playoff semifinals.

The way the rankings stand now the Tigers would face Notre Dame in a semifinal with Alabama matching up against MI. The Huskies were unranked last week, when the College Football Playoff released its initial rankings, but slipped in Tuesday after a 27-23 win over Stanford.

Alabama and Georgia, who played in last year's College Football Playoff Championship in Atlanta, are headed for a rematch at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1 in the SEC title game. The Tigers stayed ahead of Washington State despite a 7-2 record to Washington State's 8-1 record.

In the end, it won't matter since Oklahoma and West Virginia still play each other the day after Thanksgiving.

Georgia Bulldogs - UGa did look good when they went on the road and beat a top 10 Kentucky team last weekend, but that blowout loss to LSU now looks even worse. The Buckeyes are the lowest-ranked one-loss team after beating Nebraska.

Clemson has two 60-point wins this season, which shows how dominant they've been in the ACC. Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne, and the offense is on-fire, and they might be able to go toe-to-toe with Alabama's offense.

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