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2021 College Football Playoff Rankings: Committee reveals Penultimate CFP top-25

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The College Football Playoff Selection Committee revealed its penultimate 2021 CFP rankings ahead of a loaded conference championship week slate. The committee ranked the top contenders for the four-team playoff and those with a chance at the New Year’s Six bowls during ESPN’s Tuesday night reveal show.

With big movement after Saturday’s big wins and upset losses during rivalry week, the penultimate 2021 CFP rankings offer a new look at where the committee views each team, with some team’s preparing for a title and others in the clubhouse. The CFP Selection Committee provided a top 25 based on the latest results and ongoing power struggles between key storyline builders. As the season winds down, the committee looks at each data point for evenly matched teams.

The undefeated Georgia Bulldogs remain on top, again making them unanimous across the AP poll, coaches’ poll and CFP rankings. Georgia’s dominance continues to be the one thing all analysts can agree on this season, leaving little doubt on top of any rankings. With an SEC Championship date against Alabama looming, the SEC can shake up the rankings over the final week, win or loss.

The remainder of the top four – and top 25 – continued to show what this version of the CFP Selection Committee values. With debate over head coaching changes, conference value and strength of schedule reach the forefront in the end. As the final authority, the CFP Selection Committee issued their official ruling on all debates, paving the way for future discussion on the matter.

Georgia, Michigan, Alabama and Cincinnati make up the new-look top-four, with Oklahoma State and Notre Dame on the outside looking in. The Bulldogs and Cincinnati are the only undefeated teams which remain undefeated at the conclusion of the regular season. After another exciting slate of college football games, take a look at the penultimate 2021 CFP rankings.

Penultimate CFP Rankings

  1. Georgia (12-0)
  2. Michigan (11-1)
  3. Alabama (11-1)
  4. Cincinnati (12-0)
  5. Oklahoma State (11-1)
  6. Notre Dame (11-1)
  7. Ohio State (10-2)
  8. Ole Miss (10-2)
  9. Baylor (10-2)
  10. Oregon (10-2)
  11. Michigan State (10-2)
  12. BYU (10-2)
  13. Iowa (10-2)
  14. Oklahoma (10-2)
  15. Pittsburgh (10-2)
  16. Wake Forest (10-2)
  17. Utah (9-3)
  18. NC State (9-3)
  19. San Diego State (11-1)
  20. Clemson (9-3)
  21. Houston (11-1)
  22. Kentucky (9-3)
  23. Arkansas (8-4)
  24. Louisiana-Lafayette (11-1)
  25. Texas A&M (8-4)