The Crimson Tide are outside the top four for only the fifth time in the CFP era (since 2014).
No. 2Ohio Stateand No. 3Clemson, both coming off dominant victories to remain unbeaten, round out the top four.
No. 6 Oregon and No. 7 Utah both moved up one spot from last week's initial rankings, andMinnesota's victory over Penn State vaulted the Golden Gophers nine spots to No. 8. It's the largest jump into the top 10 in the CFP era and the second-biggest week-to-week jump in CFP rankings history.
"Obviously, we're looking at the full résumé," committee chair Rob Mullens said of Minnesota. "As we mentioned last week, nonconference schedule wasn't as strong as some. And then they only played one team in their league with a winning record, until Penn State. But, when you watch the game last week, they beat a Penn State team that was then ranked No. 4. It impressed the committee until that point, we were really impressed with what Minnesota did."
The loss knocked the Nittany Lions down to No. 9, followed by Oklahoma at No. 10.
No. 11 Florida and No. 12 Auburn are still linked at the hip, whileBaylor, the only other unbeaten team in the CFP rankings, comes in at No. 13 after struggling to beat TCUin three overtimes. Baylor is the lowest-ranked Power 5 team at 9-0 or better in the CFP era.
"... When you look at Baylor's nonconference schedule, their two nonconference opponents have won a total of six games," Mullens said. "Obviously, Baylor has some great wins, they've certainly figured out how to win in close games. But at this point the committee felt they belonged at No. 13."
The Big Ten features the most teams in the rankings with six -- with No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 15 Michigan and No. 20 Iowa rounding things out for the conference.
Notre Dame fell one spot, slotting in at No. 16.
There are five Group of 5 teams in the rankings for the second straight week: No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 18 Memphis, No. 21 Boise State, No. 23 Navy and newcomerAppalachian State, which knocked off South Carolina on Saturday and took the place of SMU at No. 25. It's the school's first appearance in the CFP rankings.
No. 19 Texas makes its first appearance in the rankings this season after beating Kansas State, which fell eight spots to No. 24.
No. 22Oklahoma State rounds things out for the Big 12.
Wake Forestfell out of the rankings this week after losing to Virginia Tech, leaving Clemson as the lone ranked ACC team for the first time ever in the CFP rankings.
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