Alabama is now a unanimous No. 1 in the Associated Press college football poll, and Northwestern moved up to No. 11 on Sunday for its best ranking in 24 years. This is the first time that IN and Northwestern are both ranked IN the top 15, and it's the Wildcats' best ranking since 1996.
Southern California was a unanimous No. 1 twice during the 1967 season, but not until the 1990s did the unanimous No. 1 become a common occurrence.
No. 19/18 USC (3-0) remains the only other Pac-12 team ranked following its win at Utah. It's likely those four teams will make up the top four of the first CFP rankings. Georgia 14. Oklahoma 15.
North Carolina replaced Flames, who reverted to number 25. 1, 5, 6, 13, 22).
ACC - 4 (No. 2, 4, 10, 25).
Big 12-4 (numbers 14, 15, 20 and 21). Oregon, after starting its season on November 7, has games set with Oregon State (on the road), Cal (road) and Washington (home) before a December 19 Pac-12 title game.
C-USA - 1 (No. 17).
ESPN's Playoff Predictor shifted over the weekend to feature a projected quartet now of Alabama (94.2%), Ohio State (71.1), Notre Dame (59.3) and Cincinnati (35.3). The Tar Heels have nearly no chance to win the ACC with two losses already, but they'll have a say on who does with this game and Miami still to come. The Cyclones could clinch a spot in the Big 12 Championship game, but the Longhorns would be in a prime position with their victory.