College Football Playoff Top 25 Rankings, Week 14: Uncertainty Abound Ahead Of Final Rankings

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Curtis Samuel #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes scores the winning touchdown in double overtime against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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The season’s penultimate college football rankings dropped on ESPN tonight, and it’s looking like who ends us getting in and who’s left out will spark a lot of debate.

As it currently stands, Alabama are followed in the top four by #2 Ohio State, #3 Clemson and #4 Washington. The undefeated Crimson Tide appear to be a lock for the playoff regardless of their result in the SEC Championship game against #15 Florida.

Ohio State retained the second spot after beating Michigan in a 30-27 double-overtime thriller in Columbus in a game that included some questionable officiating decisions. Michigan fell to #5 as a result of the loss. But with #6 Wisconsin and #7 Penn State playing in the Big Ten Championship game, whether the champion of the Big Ten deserves a spot over will be debatable.

In one of the most important games of the weekend, #4 Washington takes on #8 Colorado on Friday night in the Pac-12 Championship game. A loss by Washington would likely mean that the Big Ten would get at least two teams into the playoff.

Meanwhile, Clemson will try to seal its playoff inclusion with a win over #23 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship on Saturday night.

Check out the full ranking below, and let the arguments begin!


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College Football Playoff Rankings

RANK TEAM RECORD CHANGE
1 Alabama 12-0
2 Ohio State 11-1
3 Clemson 11-1 +1
4 Washington 11-1 +1
5 Michigan 10-2 -2
6 Wisconsin 10-2
7 Penn State 10-2
8 Colorado 10-2 +1
9 Oklahoma 9-2 +1
10 Oklahoma State 9-2
11 USC 9-3 +1
12 Florida State 9-3 +2
13 Louisville 9-3 -2
14 Auburn 8-4 -1
15 Florida 8-3
16 West Virginia 9-2 +2
17 Western Michigan 12-0 +4
18 Stanford 9-3 +6
19 Navy 9-2 +6
20 Utah 8-4 +2
21 LSU 7-4 NR
22 Tennessee 8-4 -5
23 Virginia Tech 9-3 NR
24 Houston 9-3 -4
25 Pittsburgh 8-4 NR

Dropped from rankings: Nebraska 16, Boise State 19, Washington State 23

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