College Football Playoff rankings: Ohio State in; Michigan, Clemson stay in top 4
Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, November 15, 2016
A lot of losing didn’t mean a lot of change in the College Football Playoff rankings.
Michigan and Clemson were among five teams in the top 10 of last week’s rankings to lose over the weekend, but both remained in the top 4 in the latest rankings released Tuesday. Michigan stayed at No. 3 despite a 14-13 loss at Iowa while the Tigers, who were stunned by Pittsburgh 43-42, fell two spots to No. 4.
Alabama, the only Power Five unbeaten remaining, stayed atop the rankings while Ohio State jumped to No. 2 after being ranked fifth a week ago.
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New rankings will be released each week until the end of the regular season with the final poll coming out Dec. 4. The national semifinals will pit No. 1 against No. 4 and No. 2 against No. 3 in the Peach and Fiesta bowls on Dec. 31 with the winners squaring off in the national championship game Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Louisville moved up one spot to No. 5. Washington dropped two spots to No. 6 following its 26-13 loss to Southern Cal. Rounding out the top 10 are Wisconsin, Penn State, Oklahoma and Colorado, respectively.
Texas A&M, which came in at No. 4 in the initial rankings, is No. 25 following back-to-back losses to Mississippi State and Ole Miss.