Clemson Remains Atop Latest College Football Playoff Rankings

The College Football Playoff Committee released their weekly rankings on Tuesday night, as the Clemson Tigers remained the nation’s top team for the fourth straight week.

The Tigers (11-0) meet in-state rival South Carolina on Saturday in Columbia to close their regular season, before preparing for a potential monster match-up in the ACC Championship against #14 North Carolina.

The Tar Heels (10-1) are up three spots in this week’s ranking after defeating Virginia Tech 30-27 in overtime last Saturday in Frank Beamer’s last home game as coach of the Hokies. North Carolina clinched the ACC Coastal Division with the victory, and will try to avoid overlooking NC State in the season finale this weekend before taking on #1 Clemson for the conference championship in two weeks. Although it is a long shot at this point due to the loss to a 3-8 South Carolina squad in the opener, as well as the scheduling of two FCS opponents, the Tar Heels could be very much in the discussion for one of the top four spots in the poll should they win out and have some teams in front of them in the poll lose.

The third-best team in the ACC, the Florida State Seminoles, moved up to #13 in the latest poll, sandwiching themselves between Clemson and North Carolina. Since the ‘Noles are unable to land in the conference championship game, they will conclude their regular season in a match-up with in-state rival, #12 Florida on Saturday. Should the Seminoles win that game on the road in Gainesville, they will position themselves with a great chance to play in one of the “New Year’s Six” Bowl Games to conclude their season. This is good news for Florida State fans because despite being left out of National Championship discussion in 2015, the ‘Noles will have an opportunity to end their season on a winning note in one of the more relevant bowl games outside of the National Semi-Finals.

With all of this being said, here’s the full poll, with ACC teams marked in bold:

CFP Top 25

1. Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Oklahoma

4. Iowa

5. Michigan State

6. Notre Dame

7. Baylor

8. Ohio State

9. Stanford

10. Michigan

11. Oklahoma State

12. Florida

13. Florida State

14. North Carolina

15. Navy

16. Northwestern

17. Oregon

18. Ole Miss

19. TCU

20. Washington State

21. Mississippi State

22. UCLA

23. Utah

24. Toledo

25. Temple


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