Stuart McNair

In the second College Football Playoff poll, Alabama still No. 1

Alabama continues No. 1 in College Football Playoff rankings

Election Day brought one piece of good news – news not necessarily good for the college football teams not named Alabama, but not horrific insofar as the other election which is devastating for about 50 per cent of Americans.

To the surprise of no one, Alabama’s 10-0 win over LSU was good enough to keep the Crimson Tide of Coach Nick Saban No. 1 in the only poll that matters going forward, the College Football Playoff selection committee rankings. This week’s ranking was the second of six to determine the four teams in the playoff (and some other bowl placements).

Week Two of the CFP had Clemson at No. 2, Michigan third, and undefeated Washington No. 4.

A week ago the CFP selection committee had Texas A&M at No. 4 with one loss ahead of Washington. When the Aggies lost to Mississippi State last week, the selection committee almost certainly thought to a man and one woman, “What were we thinking by not doing the easy thing and putting and undefeated team in the fourth spot with the other three undefeated teams?”

Easy fix.

Washington might not be able to beat one-loss Ohio State, but for now the Buckeyes are in the fifth spot behind Washington. Just to throw in those teams seemingly having an outside shot at the top four – which will make up the CFP – Louisville is No. 6 and Wisconsin No. 7.

Alabama has defeated four teams in the top 25 – Texas A&M (which fell only to eighth), USC (which moved into the rankings at No. 20), LSU (which fell precipitously despite the very good game it played against Bama from 13th to 24th), and Arkansas (moving into the top 25 at 25).

The Crimson Tide has one more game remaining against a CFP ranked team. Auburn, despite its unimpressive home win over Vanderbilt last week, held on to its No. 9 CFP ranking.

This week Alabama (9-0 overall, 6-0 in Southeastern Conference games) hosts Mississippi State (4-5, 2-3) in Bryant-Denny Stadium at 11 a.m. CST with ESPN televising.

Here is how the CFP ranked its 25 teams:

Rank

Team

Record

Trend

Schedule

1

Alabama

9-0

Miss. St., Chatt., Auburn

2

Clemson

9-0

Pitt, @Wake Forest, South Carolina

3

Michigan

9-0

@Iowa, IU, @Ohio State

4

Washington

9-0

USC, ASU, @WSU

5

Ohio St.

8-1

@Maryland, @Mich. St., Michigan

6

Louisville

8-1

Wake Forest, @Houston, Kentucky

7

Wisconsin

7-2

Illinois, @Purdue, Minnesota

8

Texas A&M

7-2

Ole Miss, UTSA, LSU

9

Auburn

7-2

@UGA, Alabama A&M, @Alabama

10

Penn State

7-2

@Indiana, @Rutgers, Mich. St.

11

Oklahoma

7-2

Baylor, @WVU, Okla. St.

12

Colorado

7-2

@Arizona, WSU, Utah

13

Oklahoma State

7-2

Texas Tech, @TCU, @Oklahoma

14

Va. Tech

7-2

Ga. Tech, @Notre Dame, Virginia

15

Utah

7-2

@ASU, Oregon, @Colorado

16

WVU

7-1

@Texas, Oklahoma, @Iowa St., Baylor

17

North Carolina

7-2

@Duke, Citadel, NC State

18

Fla. St.

6-3

Boston College, @Syracuse, Florida

19

Nebraska

7-2

Minnesota, Maryland, @Iowa

20

USC

6-3

n/r

@Wash, @UCLA, Notre Dame

21

W. Michigan

9-0

@Kent State, Buffalo, Toledo

22

Boise St.

8-1

@Hawaii, UNLV, @Air Force

23

Wash. St.

7-2

Cal, @Colorado, Washington

24

LSU

5-3

@Arkansas, Florida, @Texas A&M

25

Arkansas

6-3

n/r

LSU, @Miss St, @Missouri


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