Alabama and Clemson are back on top of the College Football Playoff rankings, the ninth time over the last three seasons that the Crimson Tide and Tigers have held the first two spots in some order.

Alabama was the selection committee's new No. 1 on Tuesday night, with Clemson up two spots to No. 2. Miami and Oklahoma followed, joining the top four for the first time this season. Wisconsin was fifth and Auburn was up to sixth.

Michigan State is No. 17 and Michigan is No. 24.

Alabama and Clemson have met in the last two national championship games, with each winning one. If they win out, there is good chance they could enter the postseason positioned to make it three straight title game matchups.

The Crimson Tide had been second behind Georgia in the first two selection committee rankings, but the Bulldogs and previously No. 3 Notre Dame were beaten last weekend, opening up the top for changes.

Unbeaten Miami jumped from seventh to third and along with Clemson gave the Atlantic Coast Conference two top-four teams for the first time in the four-year College Football Playoff era.

Oklahoma moved up one spot.

Unbeaten Wisconsin moved up from eighth and is the highest-ranked Big Ten team. Auburn is the highest-ranked team with two losses.

Georgia is seventh and Notre Dame is eighth.

Ohio State is back in the top 10 after an impressive victory against Michigan State, and Penn State is 10th. Southern California at 11th is the highest-ranked Pac-12 team.

UCF climbed to No. 15, making the undefeated Knights the highest-ranked team from a Group of Five conference. The highest-ranked conference champion from outside the Power Five is guaranteed a spot in the New Year's Six bowls.

Rumors about Fisher

Another year, and another round of coaching job rumors surrounding Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher.

The latest has been brewing for several weeks, with USA Today reporting Tuesday Texas A&M plans to inquire about poaching Fisher from FSU at the end of the season.

The report states Fisher’s relationship with Texas A&M athletics director Scott Woodward and FSU’s disappointing season are two factors that could sway the Seminoles coach away from the program.

Texas A&M is expected to gauge Fisher’s interest once the school parts ways with current coach Kevin Sumlin at the end of the season, citing two people familiar with the situation, according to the report.

For the third consecutive year, Fisher’s name has been linked to coaching jobs, with the LSU job a popular link the past two seasons. If Fisher were to leave FSU, he would owe the school at least $7 million.

Fisher, who is the sixth highest paid head coach in the country making $5.7 million this year, signed an extension last year that would keep him at FSU through the 2024 season.

Fisher, in his 10th season overall at FSU after joining Bobby Bowden’s staff as an offensive coordinator and assuming the head coaching job in 2010.

Extra points

A fifth Wheaton College football player charged with battery in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school has pleaded not guilty.

James Cooksey, of Jacksonville, Florida, appeared at a Monday arraignment in DuPage County. He’s due back in court Jan. 11 along with the other four who earlier appeared in court in the case. They’ve also pleaded not guilty.

... Four finalists have been chosen for the Burlsworth Trophy awarded to college football’s top player who began his career as a walk-on.

Finalists include Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Washington State quarterback Luke Falk and Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli.


1. Alabama (last week: 2)

2. Clemson (1)

3. Miami (Fla.) (7)

4. Oklahoma (5)

5. Wisconsin (8)

6. Auburn (10)

7. Georgia (1)

8. Notre Dame (3)

9. Ohio State (13)

10. Penn State (14)

11. Southern Cal (11)

12. TCU (6)

13. Oklahoma State (15)

14. Washington State (19)

15. Central Florida (18)

16. Mississippi State (16)

17. Michigan State (12)

18. Washington (9)

19. N.C. State (23)

20. LSU (24)

21. Memphis (22)

22. Stanford (NR)

23. Northwestern (25)

24. Michigan (NR)

25. Boise State (NR)