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Sport Ohio State stays No. 1, while Utah leads Oklahoma in College Football Playoff rankings

02:40  04 december  2019
02:40  04 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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The first College Football Playoff rankings have Ohio State leading LSU, Alabama, Penn State and Clemson. Ohio State takes No . 1 spot in College Football Playoff committee's first rankings . Georgia, Oregon, Utah , Oklahoma and Florida completed the top 10.

Ohio State sits at No. 2, while Clemson came in at No. 3 and Georgia finished at No. 4. Alabama and Oregon remain in poll position after the top four, though the Crimson Tide will miss the SEC Championship if LSU wins its next two Check out the full College Football Playoff rankings below.

The last Tuesday ranking by the College Football Playoff committee saw no change among the top four teams. Ohio State continues to lead fellow unbeatens LSU and Clemson for the top three spots. Georgia again held the No. 4 position.

a group of baseball players on a field: Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins dives past two Michigan defenders during their game in 2018 at Ohio Stadium.© Joseph Maiorana, USA TODAY Sports Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins dives past two Michigan defenders during their game in 2018 at Ohio Stadium.

There was change below the top four, however. Utah moves up one place to fifth with Alabama's loss to Auburn. The Utes are followed closely by Oklahoma and Baylor. Wisconsin, Florida and Penn State round out the top 10.

With the seven top teams in action, the playoff picture seems straightforward heading into the final weekend. If, as expected, Georgia loses to LSU in the SEC championship game and Clemson and Ohio State, which are both heavily favored, win their respective matchups Saturday, a spot in the semifinals will open up.

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In order, LSU, Ohio State , Clemson and Georgia remained in the top four of the AP Poll, while Utah and Oklahoma took the fifth and sixth spots. We're playing Week 14 of the 2019 college football season. Get the College Football Playoff rankings , AP Poll and Coaches Poll Top 25 here.

All four teams at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings easily held serve this past weekend, with Ohio State , LSU, Clemson and Georgia winning by an average of 32 points, and there was no change 7. Baylor (11- 1 ): Saturday vs. No. 6 Oklahoma in Big 12 championship game (noon, ABC).

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It likely will fall to a debate between Utah, if the Utes defeat Oregon for the Pac-12 title, and the winner between Oklahoma and Baylor in the Big 12 title game.

Utah would give the Pac-12 its first selection since 2016. The Sooners have been in the field the past two seasons. The Bears, like the Utes, have never made the field.

Two things could change the math. A Georgia upset would put the Bulldogs in the field and likely give the SEC two spots with LSU still making the field. A Clemson loss to Virginia could knock the Tigers completely out and open up an extra spot for both Utah and the Big 12 winner.

No. 17 Memphis is the top Group of Five team this, giving it the inside track on a New Year's Six bowl invitation that goes to the highest-ranked champion outside the Power Five conferences. The Tigers face No. 20 Cincinnati in the American Athletic title game. The Bearcats along with No. 19 Boise State and No. 21 Appalachian State are the other Group of Five representatives still capable of earning the spot.

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Ohio State or LSU at No 1 ? Who should get the final College Football Playoff bid? If Oklahoma or Baylor are No. 4 and Ohio State is No . 1 , Atlanta also would be the more geographically sensible site for that matchup. Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football .

The top four teams in final rankings release Sunday will play in the semifinals. Those two games will take place at the Peach Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28. The championship game will be played on Jan. 13 in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

College Football Playoff committee Top 25

1. Ohio State (12-0)

2. LSU (12-0)

3. Clemson (12-0)

4. Georgia (11-1)

5. Utah (11-1)

6. Oklahoma (11-1)

7. Baylor (11-1)

8. Wisconsin (10-2)

9. Florida (10-2)

10. Penn State (10-2)

11. Auburn (9-3)

12. Alabama (10-2)

13. Oregon (10-2)

14. Michigan (9-3)

15. Notre Dame (10-2)

16. Iowa (9-3)

17. Memphis (11-1)

18. Minnesota (10-2)

19. Boise State (11-1)

20. Cincinnati (10-2)

21. Appalachian State (11-1)

22. Southern California (8-4)

23. Virginia (9-3)

24. Navy (9-2)

25. Oklahoma State (8-4)

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ohio State stays No. 1, while Utah leads Oklahoma in College Football Playoff rankings

Winners and losers from the final College Football Playoff rankings .
Among the winners and losers from the College Football Playoff rankings, the field plus Virginia and Baylor had good day. Not so for Utah and Georgia.It'll be No. 1 LSU and No. 4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl. No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson will meet in the Fiesta Bowl. In the end, the only debate centered on which deserved to end up No. 1, and thereby avoiding a matchup in the semifinals against the defending national champions.

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