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College Football Playoff Rankings: FSU back to No. 4 ahead of championship weekend

Championship weekend will determine the four playoff teams

The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Florida Gators 24-15 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Florida.
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Florida State, for the seventh time in school history, finished the regular season with an undefeated and untied record, advancing to 12-0 with a 24-15 victory over the Florida Gators.

It was FSU’s first win without quarterback Jordan Travis, who was lost for the season in the Seminoles’ home finale against the North Alabama Lions. Florida State dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 in the previous edition of the College Football Playoff rankings (Week 12), with Washington’s resume and the Seminoles’ slow start against the Lions cited as the reasons for the switch.

In the final weekend of regular season competition, Georgia beat Georgia Tech by just eight points, Michigan outlasted Ohio State 30-24 to earn a berth in the Big Ten Championship and the Huskies snuck past Washington State on a last-minute field goal.

The three one-loss teams thought to still be in the playoff hunt — Oregon, Alabama and Texas — also took home wins, with the Ducks (31-7 over Oregon State) and Longhorns (57-7 over Texas Tech) getting blowout wins and the Crimson Tide taking down Auburn with a touchdown thrown on fourth and 31 with 32 seconds left in the game.

In the last edition of the rankings before conference championship weekend, Florida State was slotted No. 4 by the committee, behind No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Washington.

Florida State takes on Louisville in the ACC Championship in Charlotte on Saturday, December 2, where the Seminoles will try to take home their first conference title since 2014.


Week 13 Rankings

Week 13: College Football Playoff Rankings

  1. Georgia Bulldogs
  2. Michigan Wolverines
  3. Washington Huskies
  4. Florida State Seminoles
  5. Oregon Ducks
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes
  7. Texas Longhorns
  8. Alabama Crimson Tide
  9. Missouri Tigers
  10. Penn State Nittany Lions
  11. Ole Miss Rebels
  12. Oklahoma Sooners
  13. LSU Tigers
  14. Louisville Cardinals
  15. Arizona Wildcats
  16. Iowa Hawkeyes
  17. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  18. Oklahoma State Sooners
  19. NC State Wolfpack
  20. Oregon State Beavers
  21. Tennessee Volunteers
  22. Tulane Green Wave
  23. Clemson Tigers
  24. Liberty Flames
  25. Kansas State Wildcats

Week 13: AP Poll

  1. Georgia Bulldogs (12-0)
  2. Michigan Wolverines (12-0)
  3. Washington Huskies (12-0)
  4. Florida State Seminoles (12-0)
  5. Oregon Ducks (11-1)
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)
  7. Texas Longhorns (11-1)
  8. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1)
  9. Missouri Tigers (10-2)
  10. Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2)
  11. Ole Miss Rebels (10-2)
  12. Oklahoma Sooners (10-2)
  13. LSU Tigers (9-3)
  14. Arizona Wildcats (9-3)
  15. Louisville Cardinals (10-2)
  16. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-3)
  17. Tulane Green Wave (11-1)
  18. Iowa Hawkeyes (10-2)
  19. Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3)
  20. Liberty Flames (12-0)
  21. NC State Wolfpack (9-3)
  22. Oregon State Beavers (8-4)
  23. Toledo Rockets (11-1)
  24. James Madison Dukes (11-1)
  25. SMU Mustangs (10-2)

Week 13: USA Today Coaches Poll

  1. Georgia Bulldogs (12-0)
  2. Michigan Wolverines (12-0)
  3. Washington Huskies (12-0)
  4. Florida State Seminoles (12-0)
  5. Oregon Ducks (11-1)
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)
  7. Texas Longhorns (11-1)
  8. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1)
  9. Missouri Tigers (10-2)
  10. Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2)
  11. Ole Miss Rebels (10-2)
  12. Oklahoma Sooners (10-2)
  13. LSU Tigers (9-3)
  14. Louisville Cardinals (10-2)
  15. Arizona Wildcats (9-3)
  16. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-3)
  17. Iowa Hawkeyes (10-2)
  18. Tulane Green Wave (11-1)
  19. Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3)
  20. NC State Wolfpack (9-3)
  21. Oregon State Beavers (8-4)
  22. Liberty Flames (12-0)
  23. Tennessee Volunteers (8-4)
  24. SMU Mustangs (10-2)
  25. James Madison Dukes (11-1)

2023 Conference Championship Schedule: How to watch ACC, SEC, Pac-12, Big 10 and Big 12 championship games

Pac-12 Championship: Oregon Ducks vs. Washington Huskies

  • Date: Friday, Dec. 1
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • TV Channel: ABC

Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas Longhorns

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 2
  • Time: 12 p.m. ET
  • Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
  • TV Channel: ABC

SEC Championship: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 2
  • Time: 4 p.m. ET
  • Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.
  • TV Channel: CBS

Big Ten Championship: Michigan Wolverines vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 2
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • TV Channel: FOX

ACC Championship: Louisville Cardinals vs. Florida State Seminoles

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 2
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.
  • TV Channel: ABC

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