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(USA TODAY Sports-Brian Fluharty)
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Three College Football Playoff rankings in and three to go, the top-six remain unchanged this week.

The undefeated trio of Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame lead the way in spots 1-3, followed by 9-1 Michigan, Georgia and Oklahoma.

The top-six mirrors the Associated Press and Coaches Poll rankings for a second-straight week. Alabama and Clemson are also 1-2 in ESPN’s FPI, strength of record and game control metrics. Georgia boasts the third-best resume in the same measures with the only top-20 strength of schedule in the top-6 (17) and top-5 rankings in game control (3), FPI (3) and strength of record (4).

Per ESPN’s Playoff Predictor, Clemson continues to pace the Power 5 schools in CFP chances (95) - ahead of Alabama (86), Notre Dame (77), Michigan (45) and Georgia (37). The Tigers are given the best shot to make the CFP final (64), ahead of Alabama (62) - which is still favored to win it all (38 percent; 35 for Clemson).

Three of the top-4 from last year's CFP ranking at this point made the final ranking with Alabama (1), Clemson (2) and Oklahoma (4), with Georgia making a charge from No. 7. Three also made it from the ranking at this point in 2016 (Alabama - 1; Ohio State - 2; Clemson - 4; Washington moved up from No. 6) and 2014 (Alabama - 1; Oregon - 2; Florida State - 3; Ohio State moved up from No. 6).

In the ACC this week, Syracuse slotted up one spot to No. 12 and Boston College remained in the top-20, at No. 20.

The entire CFP top-10 stayed the same for the first time in the rankings' history. UCF's No. 11 ranking is the highest-ever for a Group of Five team.

This is Clemson’s 21st-straight week in the CFP top-4. Only Alabama has made more CFP top-4 appearances (24).

This year’s CFP committee is Oregon AD Rob Mullens (Committee chair), Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione, former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, former sportswriter Paola Boivin, former Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower, former Central Michigan coach Herb Deromedi, former coach Ken Hatfield, Robert Morris president Chris Howard, former Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson, former All-American DB Ronnie Lott, Ohio State AD Gene Smith, Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury and Florida AD Scott Stricklin.

This year’s CFP semifinals will be played on Dec. 29 with times TBA in the Orange (Miami Gardens, Fla.) and Cotton (Arlington, Tx.) bowls. The National Championship will be held in Santa Clara on Jan. 7.

CFP Top 25 - 11/13

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Notre Dame

4. Michigan

5. Georgia

6. Oklahoma

7. LSU

8. Washington State

9. West Virginia

10. Ohio State

11. UCF

12. Syracuse

13. Florida

14. Penn State

15. Texas

16. Iowa State

17. Kentucky

18. Washington

19. Utah

20. Boston College

21. Mississippi State

22. Northwestern

23. Utah State

24. Cincinnati

25. Boise State

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