NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Alabama continue to lead the trailing pack in the release of the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night.
The Crimson Tide (10-1), as expected, remain No. 1 in the latest rankings after easing to a 48-14 victory over Western Carolina on Saturday to pick up their sixth successive win since losing 23-17 at the then-No. 11 Ole Miss on Oct. 4.
In fact, the top four teams in the rankings remained unchanged, as Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State all returned at their same slot in this week’s edition.
Florida State (11-0) are the only undefeated team left this season and many believed that the Seminoles might have moved up to at least the No. 2 slot, but the college football playoff selection committee were not too impressed by their struggles to earned a 20-17 win over Boston College the last time out.
The defending champions are the No. 1 team in the latest Associated Press poll — released over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the rankings also saw TCU, Ohio State and Baylor keeping their respective places from last week, but Ole Miss, which suffered a shocking 30-0 shutout loss to Arkansas at the weekend, slipped out of the top ten and replaced at No. 8 by UCLA, who was coming off a 38-20 victory over the USC Trojans.
It was the fifth win in a row for the Bruins (9-2), who will next face Stanford (6-5) hoping for a place in the Pac-12 title game.
The top 10 is completed by Georgia and Michigan State.
There were talks that Mississippi State might have been losing support for a playoffs spot, but Jeff Long, the college football playoff selection committee chair revealed that the Bulldogs are safe at the moment.
“I think they are holding strong where they are located now,” Long told ESPN.
Arizona, Kansas State, Arizona State, Wisconsin and Auburn are in the top 15, with Georgia Tech, Missouri, Minnesota, Ole Miss and Oklahoma rounded out the top 20.
Further down the rankings, Boise State at No. 23 and Marshall at No. 24, both jumped into the CFP top 25 rankings this week.
The selection committee voted without one of its 12 members on Tuesday night — with Mike Tranghese unable to join the group as he was out sick, Long revealed.
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