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College Football Playoff rankings: Georgia retains No. 1 spot; Alabama second

College Football Playoff rankings: Georgia retains No. 1 spot; Alabama second
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, shown Jan. 6, 2018, has guided the Bulldogs to a 9-0 record this season. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The unbeaten Georgia Bulldogs remained at No. 1 in the second edition of the College Football Playoff rankings that were unveiled Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs were followed again by the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, who survived a 20-14 scare against the LSU Tigers over the weekend. Georgia, which defeated Missouri 43-6 at home last week to move to 9-0 this season, plays at Tennessee on Saturday.

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The Michigan State Spartans were the only top-five team from last week to lose Saturday, falling to the Purdue Boilermakers 40-29. The Spartans slipped from third to No. 7 in this week's rankings after the loss, resulting in the other three top-six teams climbing a spot.

Oregon jumped to third, while Ohio State moved to No. 4 in the rankings. Cincinnati is at No. 5 and Michigan is sixth -- one spot ahead of Michigan State, even though the Spartans beat the Wolverines on Oct. 30.

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"The discussion in the room went back and forth, but at the end of the day we felt as a committee that Michigan was a better team [than Michigan State]," committee chairman Gary Barta said.

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Oklahoma, which was idle last week, remained at No. 8, followed by Notre Dame at ninth and Oklahoma State at No. 10.

College Football Playoff rankings (Nov. 9):

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1. Georgia Bulldogs (9-0)

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-1)

3. Oregon Ducks (8-1)

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4. Ohio State Buckeyes (8-1)

5. Cincinnati Bearcats (9-0)

6. Michigan Wolverines (8-1)

7. Michigan State Spartans (8-1)

8. Oklahoma Sooners (9-0)

9. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-1)

10. Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-1)

11. Texas A&M Aggies (7-2)

12. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-1)

13. Baylor Bears (7-2)

14. BYU Cougars (8-2)

15. Ole Miss Rebels (7-2)

16. N.C. State Wolfpack (7-2)

17. Auburn Tigers (6-3)

18. Wisconsin Badgers (6-3)

19. Purdue Boilermakers (6-3)

20. Iowa Hawkeyes (7-2)

21. Pittsburgh Panthers (7-2)

22. San Diego State Aztecs (8-1)

23. UTSA Roadrunners (9-0)

24. Utah Utes (6-3)

25. Arkansas Razorbacks (6-3)

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