Georgia is out, Miami is in and Oklahoma finally has a spot in the top four as the latest College Football Playoff rankings were announced Tuesday.
Alabama takes over at No. 1 after the previous top-ranked team, Georgia, got blown out by Auburn on Saturday. The Tigers are now sitting at No. 6 and are two weeks from an intriguing Iron Bowl clash with the Crimson Tide.
Clemson also benefited from Saturday’s shake-ups, as the Tigers ascended from No. 4 to No. 2, following losses by Georgia and Notre Dame.
After Clemson is the team that knocked off Notre Dame – Miami. The third-ranked Hurricanes kept passing the turnover chain around with four takeaways in a 41-8 drubbing of the Fighting Irish on Saturday.
As a result of the loss, Notre Dame tumbled from No. 3 to No. 8 – one spot behind Georgia – but the Irish likely have had their hopes of making the CFP dashed.
Rounding out the top four are the Sooners, who are 9-1 after a 38-20 win over Big 12 foe TCU on Saturday. The Horned Frogs dropped from sixth to 12th after the loss in Norman. Oklahoma had been holding steady at No. 5 in earlier rankings, but it finally made the move into the top four.
Wisconsin checks in as the highest ranked Big Ten school at No. 5. The Badgers (9-0) have plowed their way through a weak schedule and might need a top-four team to lose in order to make the jump into a playoff position, even if they win out.
Auburn sits at six, one spot ahead of the team it took down on Saturday, Georgia. The Bulldogs fell from No. 1 to No. 7 after Saturday’s 40-17 loss, but they still could have a path to the playoff if they win the SEC title game.
The pair of SEC squads are followed by two teams from the Big Ten, Ohio State and Penn State, which are ranked Nos. 9 and 10, respectively, and leapfrogged USC, which remained at No. 11 and is now the highest ranked Pac-12 team after Washington’s loss at Stanford.
TCU, at No. 12, is followed by another Big 12 team, Oklahoma State,…