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What The New CFP Rankings Means For The Top-6 Teams

A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

On Tuesday night, the penultimate College Football Playoff rankings were released. Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame held their spots while Michigan dropped from No. 4 to No. 7 after its devastating loss to Ohio State over the weekend.

With Michigan gone from the top four, Georgia vaulted up to take the final playoff spot with Oklahoma and Ohio State rounding out the top six.

Now that the latest rankings are in, here's what it means for the top six teams in the poll:

No. 1 Alabama

Alabama wins and it's in. Even with a close loss to Georgia in the SEC title game, the Crimson Tide could still sneak into the playoff. Nick Saban's squad has been the unquestioned No. 1 team in the country all year long and the committee would have a difficult time dropping Alabama from No. 1 to No. 5 with a loss to the No. 4 team in the nation.

No. 2 Clemson

The road is simple for Clemson: win and you're in. However, unlike Alabama, the Tigers can't afford a loss. Pitt sits unranked in the latest College Football Playoff, which would be a disastrous loss for Dabo Swinney and company.

No. 3 Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish won't play a game this weekend, but they're in good shape for the playoff regardless. After finishing the season undefeated, the playoff committee would need to make a major departure from its tune about Notre Dame this entire season to leave the Irish out of the playoff.

No. 4 Georgia

The Bulldogs need a win over Alabama to stay in the playoff. Unless, what Kirk Herbstreit said earlier rings true and the playoff committee rewards Georgia for a close loss to the Tide in the SEC title game.

Alabama-Georgia is the pivotal game for the playoff this year.

No. 5 Oklahoma

Oklahoma retaining its spot over Ohio State in this iteration of the playoff rankings is huge for the Sooners. With Oklahoma at the No. 5 spot, the playoff committee basically guaranteed a spot in the playoff for the team. It would be unlikely that the committee moves Ohio State ahead of Oklahoma should both teams win this weekend - Oklahoma plays the more difficult opponent.

No. 6 Ohio State

The Buckeyes need to destroy Northwestern in the Big Ten title game and have Oklahoma lose to Texas. Urban Meyer's squad also needs Alabama to beat Georgia handily in the SEC title game to have a chance at the playoff.

This weekend's games should provide plenty of intriguing story lines. Stay tuned.