NEW YORK, Sporting Alert – As expected, Alabama stays No. 1 in the latest College Football Playoff Rankings, while Ohio State moves into the top four for the first time this year.
The Crimson Tide (10-0), who is also the unanimous No. 1 team in the Associated Press Top 25, remained the top-ranked team in the country after easily putting away Mississippi State 51-3 on Saturday to stay undefeated this season.
However, all the attention was below the defending college football playoff champion as many waited anxiously to see the foreseen shake up.
Three of last week’s top four teams suffered defeats, which paved the way for Ohio State to move behind Alabama.
The Buckeyes (9-1) jumped three spots to second place this week after battering Maryland, 62-3.
It was the second time in successive week Urban Meyer’s team was outscoring opponents by a score of 62-3 this term.
At the same time, though, there wasn’t the major shake up everyone was anticipating, as Michigan and Clemson, which both went down to unranked teams on Saturday, stayed in the top four and Washingto isn’t completely out in the cold.
Michigan (9-1) was upset 14-13 by Iowa on Saturday, but stayed at No. 3 this week.
Clemson which was ranked No. 2 last week was beaten by Pittsburgh, 43-42, but slipped only two spots to No. 4
Last week’s fourth-ranked Huskies were upset 26-13 by a very impressive No. 20 USC side, but only slipped two slots to No. 6.
Below them, Wisconsin, Penn State, Oklahoma and Colorado round out the top 10 teams in the rankings this week.
Oklahoma State, Utah, USC, Western Virgin and Auburn are 11 through 15.
Meanwhile, Texas A&M, which No. 4 in the first college football rankings three weeks ago, is now at No. 25.
College Football Playoffs Rankings
Week 3, Tuesday, November 15
2 Ohio State
8 Penn State
11 Oklahoma State
14 Western Virgin
17 Florida State
20 Boise State
21 Western Michigan
22 Washington State
25 Texas A&M