Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State again lead CFP rankings as top 7 teams stay unchanged

The main seven teams in the College Football Playoff rankings stayed unaltered Tuesday, as Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State keep on possessing the best four spots.

The Buckeyes remained at No. 4, in spite of dropping Saturday’s down at Illinois following an expansion in COVID-19 cases inside the program, which included mentor Ryan Day testing positive.

In spite of having played just four games, Ohio State stays in front of one-misfortune Texas A&M, which a week ago beat LSU at home, and one-misfortune Florida, which beat Kentucky at home.

Selection committee chairman Gary Barta said the board of trustees talked about positioning Texas A&M in front of Ohio State, however until further notice the Buckeyes and their strong offense drove by quarterback Justin Fields are holding down the last season finisher spot.

“When those two teams were put side-by-side this morning and last night, there just wasn’t enough there to put Texas A&M ahead of Ohio State,” Barta said.

The Buckeyes continued group exercises Tuesday and hope to continue play this week at Michigan State. They probably should play this week and one week from now to meet all requirements for the Big Ten title game.

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit said during the College Football Playoff rankings broadcast that he thought Michigan, which hasn’t met face to face for two straight days due to a positive Covid test, might dodge Ohio State one week from now by selecting not to play, a move that would keep the Buckeyes underneath the six-game limit expected to fit the bill for the Big Ten title game.

Herbstreit later apologized in a video posted on Twitter, saying he has “no evidence of that” and that his comments were “completely unfair to the University of Michigan.”

The College Football Playoff has set no base number of games played to be qualified for the season finisher. It’s simply going to be up to the choice advisory group to sort out the number of is excessively not many.

“There is a discrepancy sometimes between a team that plays eight or nine games and a team that’s played three or four games and frankly that’s a problem [in ranking teams],” said Barta, who is Iowa’s athletic director.

College Football Playoff Rankings — Dec. 1

  1. Alabama (8-0)
  2. Notre Dame (9-0)
  3. Clemson (8-1)
  4. Ohio State (4-0)
  5. Texas A&M (6-1)
  6. Florida (7-1)
  7. Cincinnati (8-0)
  8. Georgia (6-2)
  9. Iowa State (7-2)
  10. Miami (7-1)
  11. Oklahoma (6-2)
  12. Indiana (5-1)
  13. BYU (9-0)
  14. Northwestern (5-1)
  15. Oklahoma State (6-2)
  16. Wisconsin (2-1)
  17. North Carolina (6-3)
  18. Coastal Carolina (9-0)
  19. Iowa (4-2)
  20. USC (3-0)
  21. Marshall (7-0)
  22. Washington (3-0)
  23. Oregon (3-1)
  24. Tulsa (5-1)
  25. Louisiana (8-1)

Alabama and Clemson waited after predominant successes, and Notre Dame learned Tuesday that it secured a spot in the ACC title game in its first season as a football individual from the gathering. No. 6 Florida, No. 7 Cincinnati and No. 10 Miami all held their spots this week, and Georgia climbed one spot to No. 8 after its success over South Carolina.

Northwestern was the main group in the underlying CFP top 10 to drop out, tumbling six spots to No. 14 after a misfortune to Michigan State, its first of the period. Iowa State is the main newcomer to the best 10, ascending to No. 9 after Friday’s street win against Texas, which dropped out of the rankings. Iowa State is practically guaranteed of a spot in the Big 12 title game, in which it probably will confront No. 11 Oklahoma.

While the main 10 remained generally unblemished, there was some critical development somewhere else. Oklahoma State rose eight spots to No. 15 after its home win against Texas Tech. Iowa climbed five spots to No. 19 after its home win against Nebraska.

BYU rose a spot to No. 13 after not playing a week ago. The Cougars, a FBS autonomous, are next booked to play Dec. 12 against San Diego State. Cincinnati additionally stays off this week in view of COVID issues and next will play Dec. 12 against Tulsa, which climbed a spot to No. 24.

Defending Pac-12 boss Oregon fell eight spots to No. 23 after a street misfortune to match Oregon State. Washington, which improved to 3-0 after a notable rebound against Utah, makes its CFP rankings debut at No. 22. The Ducks and Huskies are booked to play one week from now at Oregon. USC, which dropped a week ago’s down against Colorado on account of COVID-19 issues inside its program, is the Pac-12’s most noteworthy positioned group at No. 20.

Coastal Carolina rose two spots to No. 18 in the wake of improving to 9-0 on the season. The Chanticleers invite ESPN’s College GameDay this week for their game against 9-1 Liberty. Louisiana, which opened the season with a success at Iowa State, balances the CFP rankings at No. 25.

The CFP choice council will deliver rankings Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 preceding divulging its last rundown Dec. 20.