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The top eight teams in the rankings were unchanged.

Some huge games highlight the rivalry week college football card, but many teams are not in the conference or CFB playoff championship chase. It was No. 15 at this point a year ago.

Ohio State's last chance to impress the selection committee will be against a ranked Northwestern team in the Big Ten championship, and how both OU and Ohio State look on Saturday - dominant or fortunate - could matter. But with no hope at a playoff, it's a bit of an empty achievement.

The Cougars should move ahead of LSU with a win over Washington next week but it's clear that the committee likes LSU's strength of schedule more than Washington State's.

Alabama, Clemson , Notre Dame and MI were at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, marking the first time in the five-year history of the postseason system that the same teams held the first four spots for three straight weeks. ACC Coastal champion Pitt makes an appearance in the rankings at No. 24 after clinching the division on Saturday. The example often give is Houston of the American Athletic Conference in 2016.

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As with last week, No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 Oklahoma sit patiently, awaiting their chance to pounce into the semifinals. Notre Dame 4. MI 5.

Beat Auburn and Georgia to finish 13-0 and SEC champs: IN Lose one of its two remaining games to finish 12-1: Still IN, whether it's with an SEC title or not.

David Pollack explains why UCF is finally getting credit as it jumps over Ohio State in the top 10 and how Washington State can climb the rankings. Ohio State has a 29-point loss to Purdue in October on its résumé, and in the time since that setback, the Buckeyes have looked shaky. Utah 18. Mississippi State 19.

Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.


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