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Clemson stays No. 1 in college playoff rankings; Florida 11th, FSU 16th

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Clemson maintained their position at the top of the College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings for the second consecutive week. Clemson’s hard-fought 23-13 victory over Florida State impressed the committee enough to keep them at No. 1. The Seminoles performance, while a losing effort, allowed them to stay at No. 16

Alabama’s impressive 30-16 victory over former No. 2 LSU was enough to jump them to the second position. Ohio State stayed in the third spot, while Notre Dame jumped to No. 4

Florida’s lackluster 9-7 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday led to their fall from No. 10 to 11. LSU dropped to No. 9

Some of the teams on the move are the Oklahoma State Cowboys who jumped from 14th to No. 8 following their big victory over former No. 8 TCU. The Horned Frogs fell to 15th.

Also on the march are the Iowa Hawkeyes, who climbed to No. 5 after a narrow victory at Indiana. Iowa was in the ninth position last week.

North Carolina joined the ranking after posting a 66-31 win over Duke on Saturday. The Tar Heels claim the No. 23 position.

Also joining the rankings in a big way are the Navy Midshipmen. After taking down previous No. 21 Memphis, the Middies claimed the No. 20 spot.

Other than the rise of Oklahoma State, the Big 12 again earns little respect. Baylor remained unbeaten and No. 6 with a road win at Kansas State, but were jumped by Iowa and one-loss Notre Dame. Some analysts thought Oklahoma State’s romp over TCU would get them at least into the top 6.

Ohio State fans, coaches and players probably feel the same as Jimbo Fisher and FSU last year. While the Seminoles kept winning, they kept slipping in the rankings. Ohio State has gone from a consensus favorite to repeat as national champions at the beginning of the season, to a squad hanging on to a playoff position.

With so many important head-to-head games in November, the rankings will likely have substantial swings over the coming weeks. Even Florida has a path to the playoffs if they win their remaining games, including the SEC Championship.

With no chance to win the ACC Championship, Florida State will now set their sights on a major bowl.

The four playoff teams will be announced on December 6. The complete CFP rankings can be found here.

Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at

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