(TNS) — The top four spots in the College Football Playoff rankings remained unchanged for the second consecutive week, with the biggest moves coming among teams ranked sixth through 10th.
Georgia (9-0, 6-0 SEC) remained atop this week's top 25 poll, followed by Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC), Notre Dame (8-1) and Clemson (8-1, 6-1 ACC).
Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) also remained steady in the fifth spot after the Sooners' thrilling 62-52 win over Oklahoma State Saturday in the Bedlam series.
But things got interesting after Oklahoma, with Ohio State and Penn State among two of nine ranked teams to suffer losses Saturday. That opened the door for TCU (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) to move up two spots to sixth, followed by a pair of undefeated teams in Miami (8-0, 6-0 ACC) and Wisconsin (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) at No. 7 and No. 8.
Washington (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) and Auburn (7-2, 5-1) round out the top 10 this week.
No. 11 USC, No. 12 Michigan State, No. 13 Ohio State, No. 14 Penn State and No. 15 Oklahoma State were next in line.
The final 10 featured No. 16 Mississippi state, No. 17 Virginia Tech, No. 18 UCF, No. 19 Washington State, No. 20 Iowa, No. 21 Iowa State, No. 22 Memphis, No. 23 NC State, No. 24 LSU and No. 25 Northwestern.
UCF (8-0, 5-0 AAC) is the highest-ranked among the non-autonomous conferences, staying at No. 18 for the second consecutive week. This year marks the first time the Knights have ever made a playoff ranking appearance.
If the Knights can hold their position, they will lock in the Group of 5 New Year's Six bid in the Peach Bowl.
This is the second of six rankings released by the 13-member selection committee. The final poll will be revealed live on ESPN at noon Sunday, Dec. 3. The top four teams qualify for the two semifinal games, which will be held at the Rose and Sugar bowls on New Year's Day. The winners will meet in the national championship game on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The remaining games comprise the New Year's Six access bowl games _ Orange, Cotton, Peach and Fiesta _ which will select the highest-ranked remaining teams that fill their criteria. The highest-ranked conference champion from the Group of 5 conferences (American, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt) also will receive a spot.
The selection committee is composed of 13 members, including chair Kirby Hocutt, Frank Beamer, Jeff Bower, Herb Deromedi, Chris Howard, Tom Jernstedt, Bobby Johnson, Jeff Long, Rob Mullens, Dan Radakovich, Gene Smith, Steve Wieberg and Tyrone Willingham.