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College Football Playoff rankings announced: Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State are the first four on December 15th

The third College Football Playoff rankings have arrived. We break down the full Top 25, led by an elite top four.

Mac Jones of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after a play against the Kentucky Wildcats at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 21, 2020 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Photo by UA Athletics/Collegiate Images/Getty Images

The Florida Gators might have lost 37-34 at home to the LSU Tigers on Saturday night in The Swamp, but it was merely a flesh wound as far as the College Football Playoff Selection Committee is concerned.

The Gators dropped from No. 6 to No. 7 despite losing at home to a team that entered the game with a 3-5 record.

They’re replaced in the top six by the Iowa State Cyclones, who crack the top-tier for the first time in school history following a 42-6 victory over West Virginia. Also the San Jose State Spartans, undefeated at 6-0 and playing Boise State this weekend for the Mountain West Conference crown, crack the CFP Top 25 for the first time in school history

Here are the rankings from the College Football Playoff Selection Committee for December 15th:

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (10-0)
2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-0)
3. Clemson Tigers (9-1)
4. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0)
5. Texas A&M Aggies (7-1)
6. Iowa State Cyclones (8-2)
7. Florida Gators (8-2)
8. Georgia Bulldogs (7-2)
9. Cincinnati Bearcats (8-0)
10. Oklahoma Sooners (7-2)
11. Indiana Hoosiers (6-1)
12. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (11-0)
13. USC Trojans (5-0)
14. Northwestern Wildcats (6-1)
15. North Carolina Tar Heels (8-3)
16. Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2)
17. BYU Cougars (10-1)
18. Miami Hurricanes (8-2)
19. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (9-1)
20. Texas Longhorns (6-3)
21. Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-3)
22. NC State Wolfpack (8-3)
23. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (6-1)
24. San Jose State Spartans (6-0)
25. Colorado Buffaloes (3-1)