Despite losing to Pittsburgh on Saturday, Clemson remained in the College Football Playoff Committee’s Top 25, which was released on Tuesday night.
The Tigers were ranked No. 4 by the selection committee with two weeks left in the regular season. Clemson fell from No. 2. Clemson can clinch a spot in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 3 in Orlando, Florida.
The CFP rankings had Alabama No. 1, followed by Ohio State at No. 2, Michigan at No. 3 and Clemson No. 4. Louisville, who lost to Clemson in Death Valley on Oct. 1, is No. 5 this week, followed by Washington at No. 6.
“Louisville has been viewed as a very talented team, but when you look, there is a small seperation between teams 2-6. When you look at No. 4 Clemson and No. 5 Louisville, Clemson has three wins against CFP Top 25 teams compared to one for Louisville at this current time,” said College Football Playoff Chariman Kirby Hocutt. “And the committe still places high value on head-to-head that Clemson has over Louisville at this time as well.”
The top four ranking marks the ninth straight CFB Playoff Committee Poll the Tigers have been ranked in, the most by any team. Clemson has been ranked in every top 25 poll by the committee since the CFB Playoff Poll began in 2014.
College Football Playoff Committee’s Top 25
2. Ohio State
8. Penn State
11. Oklahoma State
13. Southern Cal
14. West Virginia
17. Florida State
20. Boise State
21. Western Michigan
22. Washington State
25. Texas A&M