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2016 College Football Playoff Rankings: Penultimate Top 25 issued out, Alabama still retains top spot

Last night’s rankings give way to possible chaos after this weekend.

NCAA Football: Auburn at Alabama John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Alabama Crimson Tide will enter the 2016 SEC Championship Game as the No. 1 team in the land. The penultimate CFP rankings were issued out on Tuesday night and the Crimson Tide were again holding the top spot as we go into the final weekend of the college football regular season.

As of now, the Tide would be facing the Pac-12’s Washington Huskies who will compete in their conference title game this weekend against the No. 8 Colorado Buffaloes.

Elsewhere, the Ohio State Buckeyes are the No. 2 team in the rankings despite not winning their conference or division. The Buckeyes won their annual battle with arch rival Michigan over the weekend but since seventh-ranked Penn State defeated Michigan State it will be the Nittany Lions who represent the Big Ten East in their title game on Saturday against the sixth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers.

The Buckeyes would be facing the No. 3 Clemson Tigers who will face No. 23 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship this Saturday.

A slew of possibilities still remain as we enter the weekend. Alabama seems likely to be very safe even if they were to drop their game to 15th-ranked Florida on Saturday. But it’s 2 through 7 that could have the biggest possibilities. In the event of upsets, where do Clemson and Washington fall, and who takes their place? Does Colorado make a jump if chaos happens above them? Does Michigan, despite not winning their division or conference (and finishing THIRD) jump into the mix? Does the Big Ten Champ get left out?

Chaos is on its way this weekend no matter what, so it should be fascinating to watch yet again.