Auburn No. 2 in Final Regular Season College Football Playoff Rankings
Gus Malzahn has positioned his team for a run at a possible national championship (photo: Julie Bennett/al.com)
The College Football Playoff Committee announced its final regular season rankings tonight, and there is a new team in the top four. After Auburn soundly beat two number one teams in 15 days, the Tigers jumped from 6th place to No. 2 in the rankings.
This means Auburn will definitely be in the playoffs if they can defeat No. 6 Georgia in a rematch Saturday in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. Auburnc beat the Dawgs 40–17 three weeks ago but the Tigers’ SEC-leading running back Kerryon Johnson was injured in the Bama game, and his status for Saturday is questionable.
Alabama dropped from No. 1 to No. 5 after being dominated by the Tigers in the Iron Bowl. TV ratings show it was the most watched college football game of the 2017 season. The Tide now has to hope one of the top four stumble in a conference championship game for a chance to get back in the picture.
The College Football Playoff final rankings and bowl matchups will be announced Sunday at 11 a.m. CT. Most likely the teams that find themselves in the 5th or 6th place spot will be selected
for a New Year’s Six bowl. The top six teams as of today are as follows.
1. Clemson (11–1)
2. Auburn (10–2)
3. Oklahoma (11–1)
4. Wisconsin 12–0
5. Alabama (11–1)
6. Georgia (11–1)