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CFP rankings: 1-6

  • 1. Clemson
  • 2. Alabama
  • 3. Oklahoma
  • 4. Iowa
  • 5. Michigan State
  • 6. Notre Dame

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Down year for the SEC? With Florida dropping to No. 12 after Saturday's overtime win over FAU, there is only one SEC team (Alabama) in the top 10 and just four SEC teams in the top 25.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin running back Corey Clement says if the NFL draft advisory board projects him as a third round pick or worse, he will return to school. Badgers RB coach John Settle told me he will advise Corey to stay because he hasn't put together a complete season. Clement has appeared in only three games while battling a sports hernia injury.

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Mark Schlabach @Mark_Schlabach

Hard to argue with Hawkeyes being No. 4, but Michigan State's wins over Oregon, Michigan & Ohio State should resonate more

Adam Rittenberg @ESPNRittenberg

Jeff Long: It was more about the performance of Oklahoma and Michigan State against top-ranked teams that propelled them past Notre Dame.

Travis Haney @TravHaneyESPN

CFP chair Jeff Long says Nos. 3-6 required multiple revotes. Tells you how close those teams are. Not much separating them.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State is No. 13 in the rankings, but the Seminoles look poised to break into the top 10 by season's end if they beat No. 12 Florida. A number of head-to-head matchups involving teams ranked ahead of FSU remain, so the Noles are in good position to move into contention for a New Year's Six bowl as others fall.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

With Oklahoma jumping four spots to No. 3 in the CFB rankings, chances are good that the Sooners will be in the playoff with a victory in Bedlam.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa is 4th and Michigan State is 5th. Pretty much interchangeable, as both teams need to win out (and beat one of the other). A Notre Dame loss to Stanford would still be extremely helpful for the Big Ten, as the Irish are 6th.

Here's where the CFP stands

Oklahoma and Iowa are No. 3 and 4 respectively as Michigan State and Notre Dame are the first two teams out.

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

It should come as no surprise that Clemson remains No. 1 in the latest College Football Playoff ranking, considering the Tigers are one of two undefeated teams left and have the best win (over Notre Dame). If they beat South Carolina on Saturday and then No. 14 North Carolina in the ACC championship game, they would be a playoff lock.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor bumped up three spots to No. 7 in the CFP ranking after a win at Oklahoma State. The Bears are lurking, should an upset or two happen above them.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Pitt is 8-3 with all three losses to teams ranked in the CFP top 14, but it's not enough to push the Panthers into this week's rankings. Several 3-loss teams, including Mississippi State, Washington St and UCLA, make the top 25 though.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

North Carolina jumps 3 more spots, up from 17 to 14 in the latest committee poll. Florida and Florida State, who play this week, are immediately ahead of the Tar Heels. Three two-loss teams continue to rank ahead of UNC, too.

CFP rankings: 7-10

  • 7. Baylor
  • 8. Ohio State
  • 9. Stanford
  • 10. Michigan

CFP rankings: 11-15

  • 11. Oklahoma State
  • 12. Florida
  • 13. Florida State
  • 14. North Carolina
  • 15. Navy

CFP rankings: 16-20

  • 16. Northwestern
  • 17. Oregon
  • 18. Ole Miss
  • 19. TCU
  • 20. Washington State

CFP rankings: 21-25

  • 21. Mississippi State
  • 22. UCLA
  • 23. Utah
  • 24. Toledo
  • 25. Temple

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Wondering who will be in? Last week it was Clemson, Alabama, Iowa and Notre Dame in the top 4 with Oklahoma and Michigan State on the outside looking in. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

This has been a dynamic year for running backs, but it is hard to believe Florida State's Dalvin Cook missed the cut as a Doak Walker Award finalist. Cook has rushed for 1,475 yards and 16 touchdowns despite missing one game and most of another with hamstring and ankle injuries; he leads the nation with 18 runs 20 yards or longer; and he averages 7.6 yards per carry against FBS teams, better than finalists Derrick Henry, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Finalists for the Maxwell Award (college football player of the year): Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.