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Alabama to No. 1 in College Football Playoff rankings, then Clemson, Miami, Oklahoma

Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman and wide receiver DeVonta

Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman and wide receiver DeVonta Smith celebrate during a game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Credit: AP / Rogelio V. Solis

Alabama is the new No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings, with Clemson up to No. 2 and Miami and Oklahoma joining the top four for the first time.

Wisconsin was fifth and Auburn was up to sixth in the rankings released Tuesday night.

The Crimson Tide (10-0) had been second behind Georgia in the first two selection committee rankings, but the Bulldogs (9-1) and previously No. 3 Notre Dame (8-2) were beaten last weekend, opening up the top for changes.

Clemson (9-1) moved up from No. 4 and unbeaten Miami (9-0) jumped from seventh to third, giving the ACC two of the top four teams. Oklahoma (9-1) moved up one spot.

Unbeaten Wisconsin (10-0) moved up from eighth and is the highest-ranked Big Ten team. Auburn (8-1) is the highest-ranked team with two losses.

Georgia is seventh and Notre Dame is eighth.

Ohio State is back in the top 10 after an impressive victory against Michigan State, and Penn State is 10th. Both are 8-2. Southern California (9-2), at No. 1, is the highest-ranked Pac-12 team.

Central Florida (9-0), out of the American Conference, climbed to No. 15, making the Knights the highest-ranked team from a Group of Five conference. The highest-ranked conference champion from outside the Power Five is guaranteed a spot in the New Year’s Six bowls.

The final CFP rankings are to be released Dec. 3. The semifinal games are Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and the Superdome in New Orleans. The title game is Jan. 8 in Atlanta.— AP

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