Notre Dame ranked 3rd in latest College Football Playoff rankings

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Alabama entered the week as the unquestioned No. 1 team in the country, followed by Clemson. Alabama hosts Auburn on November 24.

Obviously, the defense of Ohio State is a concern after the team struggled to contain two-win Nebraska despite a bye week to prepare for Scott Frost's offense. At minimum, the Tigers should be ranked closer to Florida than to Alabama. No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 Oklahoma are the best one-loss teams on the board now - and you can make some creative interchangeable arguments between the three teams. Notre Dame fans believe their team holds a trump card against MI, with that season-opening victory in South Bend. If Penn State and Michigan State both manage to fall one more time this season, the Iowa Hawkeyes would be the third highest ranked team in the CFP rankings leaving them a potentially clear shot at playing in the Citrus Bowl.

Alabama (SEC West) and Georgia (SEC East) have. Winning out, including at Ohio State, puts Jim Harbaugh's team at 12-1 with a Big Ten title.

The way the rankings stand now the Tigers would face Notre Dame in a semifinal with Alabama matching up against MI. One loss and MI is out, right?

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All those ranked teams losing propelled a few teams to new heights in the Top 25.

Either way, here's our projected top-10 tonight for the College Football Playoff rankings.

Alabama and Georgia, who played in last year's College Football Playoff Championship in Atlanta, are headed for a rematch at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1 in the SEC title game. However, the Buckeyes should be in a position to get into the Playoff if they can win out. If one of them wins the Big 12 with one loss, OSU's chances at making the playoff are diminished significantly. If Washington State wins out, that could further complicate matters for the committee. The Tigers slid to No. 7 after getting shut out by No. 1 Alabama in Baton Rouge last week. Meanwhile, Penn State fell to #20 after getting their butts kicked by MI 42-7.

Also, Michigan State went from unranked to No. 18 after beating a Maryland team that is a mess and is just 5-4. We're talking about a team that's 6-3, one that literally needed its athletic director to publicly go on the record Tuesday that they won't be firing their coach this season. That's extreme, but if three of those six things happen, UCF probably gets a look.

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