College Football Playoff selection committee unveils new rankings

Ahead of this weekend’s huge conference championship games, the selection committee has rolled out its new College Football Playoff rankings.

After Alabama’s loss to Auburn over the weekend, there is a new No. 1.

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25. Jim Mora — $3.6 million

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24. Kyle Whittingham — $3.7 million

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23. Kirby Smart — $3.8 million

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22. Mark Stoops — $3.8 million 

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21. Bobby Petrino — $3.9 million

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20. Butch Jones — $4.1 million

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19. Chris Petersen — $4.1 million

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18. Mike Gundy — $4.2 million

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17. Bret Bielema — $4.2 million

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16. Mark Dantonio — $4.4 million

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15. Jim McElwain — $4.5 million

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14. Dan Mullen — $4.5 million

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13. Kirk Ferentz — $4.5 million

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12. James Franklin — $4.6 million

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11. Gus Malzahn — $4.7 million

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10. Kevin Sumlin — $5.0 million

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9. Gary Patterson — $5.1 million

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8. Tom Herman — $5.5 million

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7. David Shaw — $5.7 million

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6. Jimbo Fisher — $5.7 million

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5. Rich Rodriguez — $6.0 million

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4. Urban Meyer — $6.4 million

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3. Jim Harbaugh — $7.0 million

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2. Dabo Swinney — $8.5 million

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1. Nick Saban — $11.1 million

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Clemson has jumped up to nab the top spot in the rankings, and will almost definitely be in with a win in Saturday’s ACC Championship Game against Miami.

The Tigers are followed by Auburn, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin in the ever-important top four. Here are the full rankings, revealed moments ago on ESPN.

The biggest debate heading into this week's rankings is between one-loss Alabama and two-loss Ohio State. Alabama lost on the road at Auburn, a great team playing its best football, but doesn’t have a win better than at Mississippi State, and doesn’t have an opportunity to bolster its résumé.

Ohio State can score a big win over undefeated Wisconsin, and is favored in that game. Of course, Alabama’s one loss is far more understandable than Ohio State getting run out of the building by Iowa, and that’s before we bring up the home loss to Oklahoma.

These rankings signal that there could be a solid edge to Alabama, but we still have to watch a bunch of dominoes fall this weekend.

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6. Miami Hurricanes
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