Alabama Falls to Fifth in Playoff Rankings

Alabama is fifth in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, behind L.S.U., Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia, which took over the fourth spot in the selection committee’s second Top 25 of the season.

L.S.U. replaced Ohio State as No. 1 in Tuesday night’s rankings after the Tigers won at Alabama on Saturday. The Buckeyes were bumped to No. 2. Clemson moved up two spots to No. 3 after two teams ahead of the Tigers lost for the first time, including Alabama.

The Crimson Tide lost, 46-41, against L.S.U. and dropped two spots. Penn State, which had been No. 4, lost at Minnesota, 31-26, and fell to ninth. The unbeaten Gophers climbed nine spots to eighth, the largest one-week jump in the six-year history of the College Football Playoff.

Georgia moved up two spots to give the Southeastern Conference two of the top four for the second straight week.

Rob Mullens, the selection committee chairman and the Oregon athletic director, said that Georgia’s loss to South Carolina (4-6) had been noted by the committee, but that the Bulldogs’ victories against No. 11 Florida and No. 16 Notre Dame pushed them past Alabama.

Oregon was sixth, and its fellow Pac-12 team Utah was seventh.

The final rankings and pairings for the College Football Playoff semifinal will be revealed Dec. 8. Alabama is the only team to make the playoff in all five years. Barring a stunning November collapse by L.S.U., the Crimson Tide will not reach the SEC championship game.

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