College Football Playoff rankings: Washington joins Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson

The outcome of the Ohio State-Michigan showdown had a significant impact on the College Football Playoff picture.

The overtime loss by the Wolverines was Washington's gain as the Huskies moved into the No. 4 spot in the playoff committee's rankings Tuesday.

Alabama continues its stranglehold on the top has it has for each of the last five weeks. Following the Tide are Ohio State and Clemson. The Wolverines, previously in the third spot, dropped to fifth

Rounding out the top 10 are Wisconsin, Penn State, Colorado, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

The last weekend of the season should clarify things. Washington and Colorado will meet in the Pac-12 title game, Wisconsin and Penn State square off for the Big Ten championship, Clemson faces Virginia Tech with the ACC crown on the line and the winner between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will capture the Big 12.

The top four teams in final ranking of the committee on Dec. 4 will play in the College Football Playoff. The semifinals will take place on Dec. 31 at the Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. The championship game will be held on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla.

1. Alabama (12-0)

2. Ohio State (11-1)

3. Clemson (11-1)

4. Washington (11-1)

5. Michigan (10-2)

6. Wisconsin (10-2)

7. Penn State (10-2)

8. Colorado (10-2)

9. Oklahoma (9-2)

10. Oklahoma State (9-2)

11. Southern California (9-3)

12. Florida State (9-3)

13. Louisville (9-3)

14. Auburn (9-3)

15. Florida (8-3)

16. West Virginia (9-2)

17. Western Michigan (12-0)

18. Stanford (9-3)

19. Navy (9-2)

20. Utah (8-4)

21. LSU (7-4)

22. Tennessee (9-3)

23. Virginia Tech (9-3)

24 Houston (9-3)

25 Pittsburgh (8-4)

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