As expected, defending national champion Clemson benefitted from losses by the top two teams, Alabama and Miami, last weekend to ascend to No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings heading into the conference championship games.

Auburn, which upset the Crimson Tide, moved to No. 2. The other spots among the top four teams are Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

Clemson (11-1) faces Miami (10-1), which slipped five spots to No. 7, in the ACC Championship game at 7 p.m. CT Saturday in Charlotte.

Auburn (10-2) will face Georgia (11-1), which was ranked No. 1 until the Tigers routed the Bulldogs 40-17 three weeks ago, in the SEC Championship game  at 3 p.m. CT Saturday.

Wisconsin 12-0), moving up to No. 4, will play No. 8 Ohio State (10-2) for the Big Ten Championship Game at 7 p.m. CT Saturday in Indianapolis.

The fact that each of the top four teams will face difficult opposition in conference championship games leaves open the possibility for more movement in the final poll next week. In the past two polls, half the top four teams have lost.

Rank # Logo Team Record
1 Clemson University 11-1
2 Auburn University 10-2
3 University of Oklahoma 11-1
4 University of Wisconsin 12-0
5 University of Alabama 11-1
6 University of Georgia 11-1
7 University of Miami 10-1
8 Ohio State University 10-2
9 Penn State University 10-2
10 University of Southern California 10-2
11 Texas Christian University 10-2
12 Stanford University 9-3
13 University of Washington 10-2
14 University of Central Florida 11-0
15 University of Notre Dame 9-3
16 Michigan State University 9-3
17 Louisiana State University 9-3
18 Washington State University 9-3
19 Oklahoma State University 9-3
20 University of Memphis 10-1
21 Northwestern University 9-3
22 Virginia Tech 9-3
23 Mississippi State University 8-4
24 North Carolina State University 8-4
25 Fresno State 9-3

 

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