Alabama Remains in Top Spot in College Football Playoff Rankings

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It is Dec. 1. In college football, it's the time period where conference games matter the most. 

In an unprecedented year in college football—one filled with tons of cancellations and postponements of games due to the coronavirus pandemic—the most exciting time of the season is here.

The first College Football Playoff rankings were released on Nov. 24. with Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State taking the top four spots, while Texas A&M and Florida sat at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. Tuesday's release of the committee's second set of rankings did not change that order.

The final selection day for the College Football Playoff top 25 is noon E.T. on Dec. 20. 

The top four teams will compete in the New Year's Day semifinals in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. As for the national championship game, it is scheduled to be played on Monday, Jan. 11, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The playoff rankings will determine the four semifinalists and will set up the six New Year's Day bowl game matchups.

Here are the second top 25 College Football Playoff rankings for the 2020-21 playoff season:

  1. Alabama (8-0)
  2. Notre Dame (9-0)
  3. Clemson (8-1)
  4. Ohio State (4-0)
  5. Texas A&M (6-1)
  6. Florida (7-1)
  7. Cincinnati (8-0)
  8. Georgia (6-2)
  9. Iowa State (7-2)
  10. Miami (7-1)
  11. Oklahoma (6-2)
  12. Indiana (5-1)
  13. BYU (9-0)
  14. Northwestern (5-1)
  15. Oklahoma State (6-2)
  16. Wisconsin (2-1)
  17. North Carolina (6-3)
  18. Coastal Carolina (9-0) 
  19. Iowa (4-2)
  20. USC (3-0)
  21. Marshall (7-0)
  22. Washington (3-0)
  23. Oregon (3
  24. Tulsa (5-1)
  25. Louisiana (8-1)