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New College Football Selection Committee Top 25

ClemsonLogo1. Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Oklahoma

4. Iowa

5. Michigan State

6. Ohio State

7. Stanford

8. Notre Dame

9. Florida State

10. North Carolina

Clemson maintained its five-week hold on the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff selection committee top 25 ranking Tuesday, and the Big Ten is holding down the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots this week.

The top four remained the same from last week, with Alabama at No. 2, Oklahoma at No. 3 and Iowa at No. 4. The Hawkeyes’ Big Ten championship opponent Michigan State is No. 5, and Ohio State is No. 6.

Oklahoma is the lone Power Five conference champion already crowned, and the Sooners appear set for one of the four Playoff seeds one season after their conference, the Big 12, was shut out. Selection committee chair Jeff Long said Oklahoma’s status as a conference champion has not yet been considered by the committee or applied to its ranking.

Long also said the committee deliberated extensively this week about whether to swap Clemson at Alabama at the top, but the fact that Alabama has not played a team in the committee’s top 10 kept the Tigers at No. 1.

2015-CFB-Playoff-logo11. TCU

12. Baylor

13. Mississippi

14. Northwestern

15. Michigan

16. Oregon

17. Oklahoma State

18. Florida

19. Houston

20. USC

Clemson’s ACC championship opponent, North Carolina, moved up four spots but only to No. 10, which means it would have to make a huge jump to crack the top four.

Long acknowledged the Tar Heels’ improving credentials and 10-game win streak, but made clear that their season-opening loss to what turned out to be a 3-9 South Carolina team is weighing them down. When asked whether the committee has discussed the relative strengths of schedule of North Carolina and Ohio State (their SOS is almost identical in the Sagarin ratings) in making their rankings, Long said the committee does not consider the Sagarin ratings and doesn’t know how they are calculated, and added that “In the multiple number of metrics we look at, they’re not close. It’s clear in Ohio State’s favor in the strength of schedule.”

And another conference championship finalist, SEC East winner Florida, is the lowest-ranked two-loss Power Five team at No. 18. That does not bode well for the SEC landing a spot in the Playoff should the Gators upset Alabama on Saturday night in Atlanta.

21. LSU

22. Temple

23. Navy

24. Utah

25. Tennessee

Tennessee, at No. 25, joined No. 20 Southern California as the second four-loss team to be ranked by the committee this season.

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