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College Football Playoff rankings: Oklahoma stays in front of Ohio State

Iowa State moves up to No. 23 ahead of regular-season finale

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray runs for a touchdown Friday against West Virginia at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.V. (Ben Queen/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray runs for a touchdown Friday against West Virginia at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.V. (Ben Queen/USA TODAY Sports)

Saturday’s Big 12 championship game could have a major impact on the Big Ten’s College Football Playoff chances in 2018.

In the committee’s final top 25 release before Sunday’s “selection show,” Oklahoma (11-1) is ranked No. 5 and Ohio State (11-1) is sixth. The Sooners take on No. 14 Texas (9-3) in the Big 12 title game while OSU faces No. 21 Northwestern (8-4) in the Big Ten championship Saturday night.

Right now, Georgia (11-1) holds the final CFP spot at No. 4, taking Michigan’s place after the Wolverines (10-2) were blown out by the Buckeyes. But the Bulldogs face top-ranked Alabama (12-0) in Saturday’s SEC championship game and would theoretically slip if it picks up a second loss.

Clemson (12-0) and Notre Dame (12-0) follow the Crimson Tide at Nos. 2 and 3. The Tigers take on Pittsburgh in the ACC championship game Saturday.

Iowa State (7-4) moved up two spots to No. 23 after rallying to beat Kansas State 42-38 last Saturday. No. 16 West Virginia (8-3) is the other Big 12 team ranked.

In the Big Ten, Michigan fell to No. 7 and Penn State (9-3) is ranked 12th this week.

The SEC now has a record eight teams in the top 25 with the addition of Missouri (8-4) at No. 24.

College Football Playoff rankings: Nov. 27, 2018

1. Alabama (12-0)

2. Clemson (12-0)

3. Notre Dame (12-0)

4. Georgia (11-1)

5. Oklahoma (11-1)

6. Ohio State (11-1)

7. Michigan (10-2)

8. Central Florida (11-0)

9. Florida (9-3)

10. Louisiana State (9-3)

11. Washington (9-3)

12. Penn State (9-3)

13. Washington State (10-2)

14. Texas (9-3)

15. Kentucky (9-3)

16. West Virginia (8-3)

17. Utah (9-3)

18. Mississippi State (8-4)

19. Texas A&M (8-4)

20. Syracuse (9-3)

21. Northwestern (8-4)

22. Boise State (10-2)

23. Iowa State (7-4)

24. Missouri (8-4)

25. Fresno State (10-2)

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