Wisconsin and Auburn remained next up behind the top four in a week when the top half of the selection committee's rankings were mostly unchanged.
Other notable rankings include Penn State at No. 10 after sitting at No. 7 when the first week of College Football Playoff rankings came out. The victor plays Georgia.
The latest playoff ranking is out and Miami is up to No. 2 ahead of Clemson.
Clemson, meanwhile, beat The Citadel in Week 12 and was previously the team just behind No. 1 Alabama. "Miami has been gaining momentum", he said. Sure, the committee might have viewed the Tigers' win over NC State (who lost to Wake Forest on Saturday) as a little less impressive. The Tigers have a 10-1 record this season with their one loss coming at the hands of Syracuse. Central Florida 16. Michigan State 17. The American Athletic Conference rivals could meet in the league title game in two weeks if UCF beats USF on Black Friday, setting up a game that would likely send the victor into a New Year's Six bowl.
Notre Dame's two losses were to Miami, which now holds the No. 2 spot in the rankings, and to No. 7 Georgia.
Although there is some concern within the Sooner Nation with Wisconsin undefeated and lurking immediately behind OU in the Playoff order, the general consensus among those in the know in college football is that if Oklahoma wins out - meaning defeating West Virginia this weekend and beating TCU in a rematch in the Big 12 title game - the Sooners will be fine and among the Final Four. The victor plays Georgia next week in the SEC Championship game. But what to do with Alabama at 11-1 or 12-1? Nick Saban's Tide, loaded with five-star recruits and future high draft picks, will always pass the eye test. Alabama's best wins now are against LSU and Mississippi State, both 8-3.
Alabama remains in the top spot thanks to a 56-0 drubbing of Mercer, which moves it to 11-0 on the season. Ohio State will need some help, but it is possible.
Georgia now has three top 25 wins: No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 16 Mississippi State and No. 24 SC, which joined the rankings.
The committee could be weighing two-loss conference champions against one-loss teams with no titles.
It will be the most exciting weekend of the regular season with 8 of 10 of the top 10 teams are on the road here late in November!
It doesn't make too much sense to me either.