Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, November 24, 2015

How will the fourth College Football Playoff rankings look Tuesday night? Expect a bunch of change with unbeatens Ohio State (No. 3 last week) and Oklahoma State (No. 6) both losing.

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Last week, the top four looked like this: No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Notre Dame.

This week, I expect Clemson and Alabama to remain Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, after the Tigers dumped Wake Forest (33-13) and the Crimson Tide crushed FCS Charleston Southern (56-6).

Spots No. 3 and No. 4 will be interesting.

I think Iowa will move from No. 5 to No. 3 after remaining unbeaten with a 40-20 win vs. Purdue, but a case can be made for Michigan State to be in the top four instead of the Hawkeyes.

Yes, the Spartans have one loss (at Nebraska), but their body of work is more impressive than Iowa?s, winning 17-14 at Ohio State on Saturday while also prevailing at Michigan and vs. Oregon. Iowa's best win? At Northwestern. The Hawkeyes also won at Wisconsin and vs. Pitt.

Who will be No. 4? It was Notre Dame last week, and the Irish are coming off a 19-16 win vs. Boston College at Fenway Park. But I think Oklahoma will move from No. 7 to No. 4 after a 30-29 win vs. TCU. Like ND (at Clemson), OU has one loss (Texas in Dallas). Still, the Sooners have a better body of work with wins vs. TCU, at Baylor, at Tennessee and vs. West Virginia. OU can add to that resume with a victory at Oklahoma State this week. That said, the Irish also have a big game this Saturday at Stanford.

My Top Four
1. Clemson
2. Alabama
3. Iowa
4. Oklahoma

Just outside:
5. Michigan State
6. Notre Dame
7. Ohio State
8. Baylor
9. Stanford
10. Oklahoma State


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