Alabama now No. 1 in rankings

Alabama is the new No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings, with Clemson up to No. 2 and Miami and Oklahoma joining the top four for the first time.

Wisconsin was fifth and Auburn was up to sixth in the rankings released Tuesday.

The Crimson Tide had been second behind Georgia in the first two selection committee rankings, but the Bulldogs and previously No. 3 Notre Dame were beaten last weekend, opening up the top for changes.

Clemson moved up from fourth and unbeaten Miami jumped from seventh to third, giving the Atlantic Coast Conference two top four teams. Oklahoma moved up one spot.

Unbeaten Wisconsin moved up from eighth and is the highest-ranked Big Ten team. Auburn is the highest-ranked team with two losses.

Georgia is seventh and Notre Dame is eighth.

Ohio State is back in the top 10 after an impressive victory against Michigan State, and Penn State is 10th. Southern California at 11th is the highest ranked Pac-12 team.

UCF climbed to No. 15, making the undefeated Knights the highest-ranked team from a Group of Five conference. The highest-ranked conference champion from outside the Power Five is guaranteed a spot in the New Year’s Six bowls.

Back in the Saddle

FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU and Texas Tech are putting their football rivalry back in the saddle.

The Big 12 rivals are getting a new Saddle Trophy that will be presented to the winner of their game like it was from 1961-70 before the original trophy was lost, and when they were still in the Southwest Conference together.

Texas Tech won the first-ever Saddle Trophy game in 1961, and the schools split the 10 games for what was dubbed the “West Texas Championship” before the trophy suddenly disappeared.

A new saddle was created by M.L. Leddy’s Boots and Saddlery in Fort Worth.

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