Ahead of this weekend’s huge conference championship games, the selection committee has rolled out its new College Football Playoff rankings.
After Alabama’s loss to Auburn over the weekend, there is a new No. 1.
Clemson has jumped up to nab the top spot in the rankings, and will almost definitely be in with a win in Saturday’s ACC Championship Game against Miami.
The Tigers are followed by Auburn, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin in the ever-important top four. Here are the full rankings, revealed moments ago on ESPN.
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The biggest debate heading into this weeks rankings is between one-loss Alabama and two-loss Ohio State. Alabama lost on the road at Auburn, a great team playing its best football, but doesn’t have a win better than at Mississippi State, and doesn’t have an opportunity to bolster its résumé.
Ohio State can score a big win over undefeated Wisconsin, and is favored in that game. Of course, Alabama’s one loss is far more understandable than Ohio State getting run out of the building by Iowa, and that’s before we bring up the home loss to Oklahoma.
These rankings signal that there could be a solidedge to Alabama, but we still have to watch a bunch of dominoes fall this weekend.