Clemson holds on to top spot in CFP rankings, UNC makes first appearance

For the second week in a row, Clemson was No. 1 in the College Football Playoff Poll.
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The second College Football Playoff rankings of the year were released on Tuesday night and it turns out Clemson’s 23-13 victory over No. 16 Florida State was enough to keep the Tigers (9-0) in the top spot for another week.

There was speculation that Alabama (8-1), who was ranked No. 4 in last week’s poll, might get the top spot after it downed then-ranked No. 2 LSU, 30-16 on Saturday. Instead, the Tide landed the No. 2 spot in the latest rankings.

Meanwhile, Florida State (7-2), held steady at the No. 16 spot for the second straight week.

The red-hot Tar Heels (8-1) surged into the CFP rankings for the first time this season at the No. 23 spot thanks to their 66-31 thumping of archrival Duke on Saturday. The win was North Carolina’s eighth straight.

Defending national champions Ohio State (9-0) remained No. 3 in the rankings, while Notre Dame (8-1), whose lone loss of the season came at the hands of Clemson, took the No. 4 spot.

LSU (7-1) got bounced out of the top four an fell all the way back to No. 9, while undefeated Iowa (9-0) and Baylor (8-0) are the fifth and sixth teams in the rankings, respectively.

Here is the complete CFP Top 25

1: Clemson (9-0)

2: Alabama (8-1)

3: Ohio State (9-0)

4: Notre Dame (8-1)

5: Iowa (9-0)

6: Baylor (8-0)

7: Stanford (8-1)

8: Oklahoma State (9-0)

9: LSU (7-1)

10: Utah (8-1)

11: Florida (8-1)

12: Oklahoma (8-1)

13: Michigan State (8-1)

14: Michigan (7-2)

15: TCU (8-1)

16: Florida State (7-2)

17: Mississippi State (7-2)

18: Northwestern (7-2)

19: UCLA (7-2)

20: Navy (7-1)

21: Memphis (8-1)

22: Temple (8-1)

23: North Carolina (8-1)

24: Houston (9-0)

25: Wisconsin (8-2)