College Football Playoff rankings: Alabama remains No. 2 in second ranking of 2017

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —  For the second consecutive week, Alabama football — the No. 1-ranked team in the AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches polls —   checked in at No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Georgia maintained the top spot. Notre Dame, Clemson, Oklahoma and TCU rounded out the top six. Ohio State dropped to No. 13 after getting beat by 31 points by Iowa this past Saturday. Five SEC teams made the Top 25, including No. 10 Auburn, No. 16 Mississippi State and No, 24 LSU.

It’s worth noting that the team in the top spot of the initial CFP rankings has failed to win the championship, including Alabama last season. The  final rankings will be released on Dec. 3.

Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC) is the only team to make the playoff in each of its first three seasons. The Crimson Tide lost in the semifinals against Ohio State in 2014, defeated Clemson to win the 2015 national title and lost to Clemson in the championship game last season.

“I could care less about the poll. What significance does the poll have right now?” Saban said last week. “All we’re talking about here is the challenge of our season, and where we’re going to be in the poll if we don’t play well in the next four games. I’m focused on the next four games. I could care less about the poll. You won’t see me wasting any time watching TV or watching who’s 1, who’s 2, and it really doesn’t matter.

“What really matters is how you play the rest of the season, how you focus the rest of the season and how you stay focused the rest of the season. If our players think anything of it, then that could be a problem and an issue too. These are the things that we try to categorize as poison that you really don’t want your players to be focused on or thinking about.”

What’s next for Alabama football?

Alabama football continues its SEC grind with a trip to Starkville, Miss., on Saturday for a matchup with No. 16 Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Alabama is coming off a win against LSU. The Crimson Tide jumped on LSU in the first half, taking a 14-0 lead and riding the fast start to a 24-10 victory.

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