Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State stay in the top 4 of College Football Playoff rankings

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The College Football Playoff picture didn’t change much again.

The top six teams in the rankings were unchanged for the second consecutive week on Tuesday. Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson, and Ohio State are the top four teams and are followed by Texas A&M and Florida.

The first change came at No. 7 when Iowa State moved up three spots ahead of both Cincinnati and Georgia. The Cyclones beat West Virginia on Saturday while neither Cincy nor Georgia played because of COVID-19 cancellations.

Miami rounds out the top 10. The Hurricanes beat Duke 48-0 on Saturday night.

Coastal Carolina at No. 13

Coastal Carolina took BYU’s spot in the rankings after beating the Cougars 22-17 on Saturday. The Chanticleers moved up five spots to No. 13 after the win while BYU dropped to Coastal’s old spot at No. 18.

Louisiana is one spot behind BYU at No. 19. The Cajuns will play Coastal Carolina in the Sun Belt title game. if Coastal beats Troy on Dec. 12 and Louisiana on Dec. 19 it has an argument to be ranked ahead of Cincinnati at the end of the season.

Alabama coach Nick Saban watches from the sideline during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
Alabama is at No. 1 again. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Wisconsin drops out, Texas enters

The committee’s perception of Wisconsin changed dramatically over the weekend. The Badgers were at No. 16 but lost at home to No. 12 Indiana on Saturday. Indiana didn’t move up at all with the win — which came without QB Michael Penix Jr. — and Wisconsin fell out of the top 25 completely.

Texas is also back in the rankings after a week out. The committee dropped the Longhorns out of the top 25 following a post-Thanksgiving loss to Iowa State. But a blowout win over Kansas State on Saturday was good enough to get the Longhorns back into the rankings at No. 20.

Don’t expect much movement next week

It looks like it’s going to be status quo at the top of the rankings next week. There’s only one game involving a top five team at the moment.

Alabama plays at Arkansas. Notre Dame and Clemson have the week off ahead of their ACC championship game matchup and Ohio State’s game against Michigan was canceled because of COVID-19 cases at UM. Texas A&M is off too after its game vs. Ole Miss was moved because the Rebels can’t play.

Could Ohio State play next week? It doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility, especially as the Big Ten strives to get a team in the playoff. The Buckeyes have played just five games this season and are currently ineligible for the Big Ten title per the conference’s minimum-game rule.

Full rankings

1. Alabama (9-0)

2. Notre Dame (10-0)

3. Clemson (9-1)

4. Ohio State (5-0)

5. Texas A&M (7-1)

6. Florida (8-1)

7. Iowa State (8-2)

8. Cincinnati (8-0)

9. Georgia (6-2)

10. Miami (8-1)

11. Oklahoma (7-2)

12. Indiana (6-1)

13. Coastal Carolina (10-0)

14. Northwestern (5-1)

15. USC (3-0)

16. Iowa (5-2)

17. North Carolina (7-3)

18. BYU (9-1)

19. Louisiana (9-1)

20. Texas (6-3)

21. Colorado (4-0)

22. Oklahoma State (6-3)

23. NC State (8-3)

24. Tulsa (6-1)

25. Missouri (5-3)

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