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.
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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.