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College Football Playoff rankings: Oklahoma and Oklahoma State move into top 7

The Playoff committee's new top 25 puts the two Bedlam archrivals on a collision course for a potential Playoff spot.

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We have a rock-solid top three in the College Football Playoff committee's rankings right now. If the season ended right now, Notre Dame would again have the fourth spot. Buuuut the season doesn't end right now.

Clemson hangs on at No. 1 despite Bama likely making it a closer one (due to having more wins against winning teams, the same number of ranked wins, and a 25-point deflation of former No. 17 Mississippi State), with the Tide and Ohio State looking to be easily in the top three for now as well. And if OSU beats No. 9 Michigan State next Saturday, that can only firm things up.

Those three are win-and-in, and I think their likely conference title game counterparts are as well. Assuming no upsets* for that group, the fourth spot looks like it'll be the one with all the drama, just like last year and just like the last couple decades would've produced with a Playoff. If it comes down to a one-loss Notre Dame and a non-undefeated Big 12 champ, I think the Irish will have the better committee argument, but that's a long way away.

* Somebody's gonna catch an upset. This season's been way too quiet at the top.

Here's the new top 25 in full:

Playoff committee ranking (last week) S&P+ ranking Best win, per S&P+ Worst loss, per S&P+ If the season ended today
1 Clemson (10-0) 1 Notre Dame Orange Bowl vs. Notre Dame
2 Alabama (9-1) 2 LSU Ole Miss Cotton Bowl vs. Ohio State
3 Ohio State (10-0) 3 Penn State Cotton Bowl vs. Alabama
4 Notre Dame (9-1) 6 USC at Clemson Orange Bowl vs. Clemson
5 Iowa (10-0) 28 at Wisconsin Rose Bowl vs. Stanford
6 (8) Oklahoma State (10-0) 20 TCU New Year's bowl, perhaps Sugar
7 (12) Oklahoma (9-1) 4 at Baylor Texas New Year's bowl, perhaps Sugar
8 (11) Florida (9-1) 10 Ole Miss at LSU Sugar Bowl vs. Big 12
9 (13) Michigan State (9-1) 27 at Michigan at Nebraska Fiesta or Peach
10 (6) Baylor (8-1) 7 West Virginia Oklahoma Fiesta or Peach
11 (7) Stanford (8-2) 15 at USC at Northwestern Rose Bowl vs. Iowa
12 (14) Michigan (8-2) 5 BYU Michigan State
13 (10) Utah (8-2) 31 Michigan at Arizona
14 (16) Florida State (8-2) 8 NC State at Georgia Tech
15 (9) LSU (7-2) 13 Florida Arkansas
16 (20) Navy (8-1) 12 at Memphis at Notre Dame Fiesta or Peach
17 (23) North Carolina (9-1) 30 at Pittsburgh vs. South Carolina
18 (15) TCU (9-1) 29 West Virginia at Oklahoma State
19 (24) Houston (10-0) 37 at Louisville
20 (18) Northwestern (8-2) 58 Stanford Iowa
21 Memphis (8-2) 34 Ole Miss at Houston
22 (NR) Ole Miss (7-3) 9 at Alabama at Memphis
23 (NR) Oregon (7-3) 43 at Stanford Washington State
24 (NR) USC (7-3) 11 Utah Washington
25 Wisconsin (8-2) 18 at Illinois Iowa

This is an updated version of a preview story published earlier Tuesday.

Here's the SB Nation Selection Committee's top four, which turned out the same as the Playoff committee's:

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