After beating Wake Forest 35-13 on the road, the Coaches Poll moved the Tigers to #3 ahead of Michigan, which struggled in a home game with Indiana on Saturday. However, the College Football Playoff Committee decided to go with the status quo for the top-4, knowing that the loser of Ohio State an Michigan will fall next week. The Tigers control their own destiny as far as making the playoff--if they beat South Carolina and win the ACC Championship, they are in. The only question that remains is where they fall in the final four and, consequently, where their semifinal destination will be. Most likely, it would be a #2 or #3 ranking and a trip to Glendale, Arizona, where they came within 5 points of a perfect season and a National Title last season.
Alabama is ranked first for the fourth straight week, followed by Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson. Ohio State and Michigan play each other in Columbus, Ohio this Saturday. Washington is ranked fifth, followed by Wisconsin, Penn State, Oklahoma, Colorado and Oklahoma State. Louisville, who lost to Houston this past week, dropped to No. 11 in the poll.
The release of Tuesday’s poll means Clemson has been ranked in every College Football Playoff Poll top 25 since the format began in 2014. Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Utah are the only schools to be ranked in the top 25 in all 17 polls so far.
Clemson has been ranked in the top four of the CFP each of the last 10 rankings, something only Alabama can also boast. Alabama has a top four ranking in each of the last 14 polls and Clemson has the second longest streak with 10.
There are two more polls to be released, November 29 and the final poll on December 4. The full CFP top-25 rankings are below.