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Top 10 teams unchanged in College Football Playoff rankings

That's shortsighted and doesn't take into account that Big 12 contenders Oklahoma and West Virginia and Washington State could easily pick up a second loss before they even reach their conference title games.

The entire top 10 stayed exactly the same as last week for the committee's third official ranking, with No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 MI holding onto the top spots. Last year it was Alabama and the year before, Ohio State got there.

Washington State and Washington will battle Arizona and Oregon State, respectively, prior to their meeting.

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Clemson has two wins over teams now ranked in the top 25 in No. 12 Syracuse and No. 20 Boston College. However, Georgia still controls its own fate as it will face Alabama in the SEC Championship Game on December 1 in Atlanta.

If the Knights remain undefeated, they are on track to clinch the Access Bowl bid again, but they could face competition from Cincinnati and No. 25 Boise State.

LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State stayed the course to round out the top 10. But even if that were to happen, Alabama could quickly redeem itself by beating Georgia to win the SEC on championship weekend. Utah is not guaranteed to reach the Pac-12 title game. MI could help Notre Dame by finishing 12-1. Penn State climbed six spots, up to No. 14, after a 22-10 win over Wisconsin.

Who gets in? We'll have to wait to find out. UCF came in at No. 11, the highest any Group of Five team has ranked in the playoff history. Unless that is, everyone in front of them loses, twice.

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