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Oklahoma and Iowa come in at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, behind stalwarts Clemson and Alabama. (Live on ESPN/Watch ESPN app)

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CFP rankings: 1-6

  • 1. Clemson
  • 2. Alabama
  • 3. Oklahoma
  • 4. Iowa
  • 5. Michigan State
  • 6. Notre Dame


Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

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Hard to argue with Hawkeyes being No. 4, but Michigan State's wins over Oregon, Michigan & Ohio State should resonate more

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Jeff Long: It was more about the performance of Oklahoma and Michigan State against top-ranked teams that propelled them past Notre Dame.

Travis Haney @TravHaneyESPN

CFP chair Jeff Long says Nos. 3-6 required multiple revotes. Tells you how close those teams are. Not much separating them.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

With Oklahoma jumping four spots to No. 3 in the CFB rankings, chances are good that the Sooners will be in the playoff with a victory in Bedlam.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa is 4th and Michigan State is 5th. Pretty much interchangeable, as both teams need to win out (and beat one of the other). A Notre Dame loss to Stanford would still be extremely helpful for the Big Ten, as the Irish are 6th.

Here's where the CFP stands

Oklahoma and Iowa are No. 3 and 4 respectively as Michigan State and Notre Dame are the first two teams out.

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

It should come as no surprise that Clemson remains No. 1 in the latest College Football Playoff ranking, considering the Tigers are one of two undefeated teams left and have the best win (over Notre Dame). If they beat South Carolina on Saturday and then No. 14 North Carolina in the ACC championship game, they would be a playoff lock.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor bumped up three spots to No. 7 in the CFP ranking after a win at Oklahoma State. The Bears are lurking, should an upset or two happen above them.

CFP rankings: 7-10

  • 7. Baylor
  • 8. Ohio State
  • 9. Stanford
  • 10. Michigan


CFP rankings: 11-15

  • 11. Oklahoma State
  • 12. Florida
  • 13. Florida State
  • 14. North Carolina
  • 15. Navy


CFP rankings: 16-20

  • 16. Northwestern
  • 17. Oregon
  • 18. Ole Miss
  • 19. TCU
  • 20. Washington State


CFP rankings: 21-25

  • 21. Mississippi State
  • 22. UCLA
  • 23. Utah
  • 24. Toledo
  • 25. Temple


CFP Rankings live on ESPN

Wondering who will be in? Last week it was Clemson, Alabama, Iowa and Notre Dame in the top 4 with Oklahoma and Michigan State on the outside looking in. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN


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