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Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma, Wisconsin in penultimate College Football Playoff rankings

Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant and teammate Maverick Morris

Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant and teammate Maverick Morris celebrate after an NCAA college football game against South Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Columbia, S.C. Credit: AP / Sean Rayford

Clemson is No. 1, followed by Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin in the last College Football Playoff rankings before the semifinals are set by the selection committee on Sunday.

Alabama fell from No. 1 to fifth in the new rankings Tuesday night after losing to Auburn, and Georgia was sixth. Miami slipped after taking its first loss of the season last week from No. 2 to seventh, just ahead of Ohio State at eighth.

Each of the top four teams plays a conference title game this Saturday against another top-10 team, creating potential play-in playoff games. Clemson faces Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship; Auburn and Georgia play for the Southeastern Conference title; Wisconsin faces Ohio State for the Big Ten title; and Oklahoma faces No. 10 TCU for the Big 12 title.

If the top four win out, the semifinals likely would fall into place: Clemson would face Wisconsin in the Sugar Bowl semifinal on New Year’s Day by virtue of giving the top seed a regional advantage, and Auburn and Oklahoma would play in the Rose Bowl semifinal.

It is likely Miami would jump into the top four by beating No. 1 Clemson and winning the ACC and same goes for Georgia if it can win a rematch against Auburn. The intrigue would start if Oklahoma and/or Wisconsin lose.

The selection committee could be faced with an Alabama (11-1) or Ohio State (10-2) choice. The Crimson Tide’s resume is no wins against teams currently in the top 15, but the Buckeyes have two losses by double digits, including a 31-point blowout at Iowa.

College Football Playoff rankings

1. Clemson (11-1)

2. Auburn (10-2)

3. Oklahoma (11-1)

4. Wisconsin (12-0)

5. Alabama (11-1)

6. Georgia (11-1)

7. Miami (10-1)

8. Ohio St. (10-2)

9. Penn St. (10-2)

10. Southern Cal (10-2)

11. TCU (10-2)

12. Stanford (9-3)

13. Washington (10-2)

14. UCF (11-0)

15. Notre Dame (9-3)

16. Michigan St. (9-3)

17. LSU (9-3)

18. Washington St. (9-3)

19. Oklahoma St. (9-3)

20. Memphis (10-1)

21. Northwestern (9-3)

22. Virginia Tech (9-3)

23. Mississippi St. (8-4)

24. N.C. State (8-4)

25. Fresno St. (9-3)

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will issue weekly rankings each Tuesday, with the final rankings being announced Sunday, Dec. 3 (Noon EST). The playoff semifinals will match the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 4 seed, and No. 2 will face No. 3. The semifinals will be hosted at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018. The championship game will be played on Jan. 8, 2018 at Atlanta.

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