CFP Rankings: Michigan replaces Ohio State in top 4

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Michigan replaced Ohio State in the top four, while Georgia, Alabama, and Cincinnati remained on top in the penultimate release of the College Football Playoff rankings.

Rank Team Record
1 Georgia 12-0
2 Michigan 11-1
3 Alabama 11-1
4 Cincinnati 12-0

Oklahoma State and Notre Dame lurk in the background. The Cowboys will take on Baylor for the Big 12 championship, and a victory could potentially propel the Bears past Cincinnati. The Bearcats face a lower-ranked opponent in Houston in the AAC title game.

Rank Team Record
5 Oklahoma State 11-1
6 Notre Dame 11-1

The Fighting Irish, who are without a head coach following Brian Kelly's abrupt departure to LSU, don't have any games left to boost their stock. Selection committee chairman Gary Barta said the absence of a coach impacts how a program is ranked.

Ohio State fell five spots to No. 7. The Buckeyes are the highest-ranked 10-2 team and in prime position to reach a New Year's Six bowl game despite losing to Michigan over Rivalry Week.

Oklahoma fell four spots to No. 14 following its loss to Oklahoma State. The Sooners had a shot at climbing into the top four before getting beat in the Bedlam Series.

Clemson, which rattled off five straight victories to cap the regular season, moved up to No. 20, salvaging a campaign that once appeared lost.

Rank Team Record
7 Ohio State 10-2
8 Ole Miss 10-2
9 Baylor 10-2
10 Oregon 10-2
11 Michigan State 10-2
12 BYU 10-2
13 Iowa 10-2
14 Oklahoma 10-2
15 Pitt 10-2
16 Wake Forest 10-2
17 Utah 9-3
18 NC State 9-3
19 San Diego State 11-1
20 Clemson 9-3
21 Houston 11-1
22 Arkansas 8-4
23 Kentucky 9-3
24 Louisiana 11-1
25 Texas A&M 8-4

The final edition of the rankings comes out Sunday after the conference championships.

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