Top 5 doesn't change in second edition of College Football Playoff rankings

UGA Football CFP Nov. 21

UGA Football CFP Nov. 21

On Tuesday, the College Football Playoff committee sent out the second edition of the College Football Playoff poll.

Though with three losses, the Selection Committee still loves the No. 21 Iowa State Cyclones (6-3).

The playoff semifinal pairings this week would put No. 1 Georgia against No. 4 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama against No. 3 Notre Dame. While one-loss Oklahoma and TCU are ahead of Miami and Wisconsin due to their strength of schedule, Washington lags behind. USC, for example, is ranked No. 15 in the AP Top 25 poll, but checked in four spots higher, at No. 11, when the CFP rankings were released. So did No. 5 Oklahoma, which was the first team out of the playoff a week ago. 13 Virginia Tech two days ago. More importantly, with LSU's loss to Alabama this past weekend, the Tigers once again control their own destiny in the SEC West. Win out and they can book their trip to Atlanta for a potential rematch against Georgia.

The final rankings that will determine the participants in the College Football Playoff semifinals come out December 3. November 25 opponent Stanford (6-3) dropped out of the rankings after losing to Washington State.

Washington, the highest-ranked Pac-12 team, is ninth and Auburn is 10th. The Hurricanes will be in the top five next week with a win on Saturday.

You can see the full rankings here. The same can be said for conference foe Ohio State Buckeyes, who gave up 55 points to the Iowa Hawkeyes and suffered another impactful loss. Notre Dame 4. Clemson 5. Oklahoma State 16. Mississippi State 17.

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