Michigan is the newest resident of the top 4 behind Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame

Michigan is the newest resident of the top 4 behind Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame

For the first time since the 13th week of 2016, Michigan has broken the first four of the College Football Playoff Leaderboards.

1. Alabama (9-0)
2. Clemson (9-0)
3. Notre Dame (9-0)
4. Michigan (8-1)
5. Georgia (8-1)
6. Oklahoma (8-1)
7. LSU (7-2)
8. Washington State (8-1)
9. West Virginia (7-1)
10. Ohio State (8-1)
11. Kentucky (7-2)
12. UCF (8-0)
13. Syracuse (7-2)
14. NC state (6-2)
15. Florida (6-3)
16. Mississippi State (6-3)
17th Boston College (7-2)
18th Michigan State (6-3)
19. Texas (6-3)
20th Penn State (6-3)
21. Iowa (6-3)
22. State of Iowa (5-3)
23. Fresno State (8-1)
24. Auburn (6-3)
25. Washington (7-3)

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The top three – No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame – are still comfortable in the top four, despite the Irish putting themselves ahead in this week's ranking, published Tuesday night.

The Wolverines defeated Big Ten rival # 20 Penn State last week to move from # 5 to # 4. LSU stumbled from # 3 to # 7 after being banned at home by the dominant Crimson Tide.

"Their defense is extremely strong," said Rob Mullen, chairman of the selection committee, saying that despite two losses, LSU still ranked seventh. "Their two defeats face Alabama No. 1 on the Florida road."

According to ESPN's Football Power Index, there is only a 9 percent chance that the four best teams in the CFP rankings will all win.

Georgia continues to wait patiently outside the top four places after moving from 6th to 5th place. The Bulldogs won after beating No. 11 Kentucky on Saturday the East-East crown and will compete in the conference championship game against Alabama.

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Kirk Herbstreit says Georgia No. 5 can put itself in the College Football playoffs by playing in the SEC Title Game no. 1 Alabama defeated.

The stakes are still high in the Big Ten, with the Ohio State No. 10 scheduled for a Saturday showdown on 18th in the state of Michigan. The Buckeyes hosts Michigan in the regular season finale November 24th.

No. 21 Iowa is the last Big Ten representative in the Top 25 of the CFP this week.

The Big 12 continues to be led by No. 6 Oklahoma, whose only loss this season was No. 19 in Texas. In the season finale, the Sooners will play against West Virginia, who jumped from 13th to 9th this week. The state of Iowa ranks 22nd.

The SEC again has seven high-ranking teams in the CFP ranking this week. It is re-represented by No. 24 Auburn after Texas A & M dropped out this week. Florida have fallen twice in Georgia and Missouri but are still in 15th place. The state of Mississippi is in 16th place with a match against Alabama on Saturday.

No. 13 Syracuse, No. 14 NC State and No. 17 Boston College represent the ACC. The Eagles host Clemson on Saturday. No. 8 Washington State and No. 25 Washington stand for the Pac-12.

Still perfect UCF stayed in 12th place after surviving Temple 52-40 last week.

"Heavy offense, defense fight," Mullens said.

Fresno State rounded off the group of 5 teams this week in 23rd place.

This report uses information from The Associated Press.

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