There was no drama for the top four positions in the third College Football Playoff rankings. LSU held the No. 1 spot followed by fellow unbeatens Ohio State and Clemson. Georgia - after its road victory against Auburn - kept its place at No. 4.
The real questions began at No. 5. Would Alabama hold its position within striking distance of the field despite the loss of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for the season? Would Oregon pass the Crimson Tide and move into position to be selected if it can win the Pac-12 title? How would the committee value the comeback win by Oklahoma at unbeaten Baylor? The Sooners were 10th last week and needed a boost from that win to work themselves into contention.
The committee ultimately put Alabama in fifth followed by Oregon, Utah, Penn State, Oklahoma and Minnesota.
No. 18 Memphis was the top Group of Five team, right ahead of No. 19 Cincinnati, giving it the inside track on a New Year's Six bowl invitation that goes to a team outside the Power Five conferences.
POWER RANKINGS:ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC
The top four teams in final rankings release on Dec. 8 will play in the semifinals. Those two games will take place at the Peach Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28. The championship game will be played on Jan. 13 in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.