Notre Dame moves up to No

The top three - No.1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame - continue to sit comfortably in the top four, though the Fighting Irish moved up one spot in this week's rankings, which were released Tuesday night.

Clemson has two wins over teams now ranked in the top 25 in No. 13 Syracuse and No. 14 N.C. State.

Alabama and Clemson are still ranked No. 1 and No. 2 after blowing out their opponents on Saturday, but the shakeups start after that. The selection committee clearly values Clemson's strength of schedule, and the Tigers have another opportunity Saturday to punctuate their résumé by clinching the division with a victory over BC. Oklahoma is No. 6 followed by LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State.

Unsurprisingly, Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and MI made up the top four this week, with Georgia and the Sooners falling in line behind that group. But challenges are in store for some of the one-loss teams trying to stay alive in the chase for the College Football Playoff.

The Longhorns' College Football Playoff hopes are long gone, but they still have a path to reach the Big 12 Championship game.

No. 12 UCF would likely head to the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl as the highest-ranked champion from a Group of 5 conference, which is guaranteed a spot in a New Year's Six Bowl, instead of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, where it played last season.

West Virginia, which leapfrogged the Cougars in the AP poll, came in at No. 9 in the CFP rankings.

Notre Dame is now No. 3, with MI moving up to No. 4.

Kentucky fell from No. 9 to No. 11 after losing to the Bulldogs. If Washington State wins out, that could further complicate matters for the committee.

Vanessa Coleman

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