The top three teams are unchanged with Alabama ranked first followed by Clemson and Notre Dame. If the Gators hold that spot, they will likely earn an at-large appearance in one of the major bowl games, probably the Peach Bowl on December 29 or the Fiesta Bowl on January 1.
The story of these rankings, however, is Central Florida, which finally passed Ohio State to become the highest-ranked Group-of-5 team in CFP history. All of these games have even more excitement and anticipation behind them due to the playoff implications and storied rivalries between all of these teams. "When you watch Ohio State, they struggled against Maryland".
Other matchups pitting in-state rivals also draw intrigue this season as some are fighting for bowl eligibility, some are hoping to ride momentum into their conference championship and one team down in the Sunshine State that must defeat their bitter rival Gators, in order to stave off the worst season since 1976.
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UCF needs all these teams to win their conference titles and Alabama to win the Southeastern Conference at 13-0.
Florida jumped two spots to No. 11.
That would leave Clemson 12-1, with a loss to Pitt - the team UCF crushed.