Gators up to No. 11 in College Football Playoff Rankings

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Florida moved up two spots in the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday to No. 11, strengthening a bid to a New Year’s Six Bowl with a win Saturday at Florida State.

The Gators need to end the slide Saturday in Tallahassee to remain in contention for a New Year’s Six bowl — a potential trip to the Peach Bowl or Fiesta Bowl. Florida’s five-game losing streak is its longest in series history.

Florida (8-3) debuted at No. 11 in the College Football Playoff Rankings, but fell to No. 15 after its 38-17 loss to Missouri two weeks ago. Last week, Florida bumped up to No. 13 after its come-from-behind victory over South Carolina and the Gators now sit at No. 11 following its thrashing of Idaho.

Florida’s resume is highlighted by wins over No. 7 LSU and No. 18 Mississippi State.

Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan were at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, marking the first time in the five-year history of the postseason system that the same teams held the first four spots for three straight weeks.

2018 College Football Playoff Rankings

Record
1. Alabama 11-0
2. Clemson 11-0
3. Notre Dame 11-0
4. Michigan 10-1
5. Georgia 10-1
6. Oklahoma 10-1
7. LSU 9-2
8. Washington St. 10-1
9. UCF 10-0
10. Ohio St. 10-1
11. Florida 8-3
12. Penn St. 8-3
13. West Virginia 8-2
14. Texas 8-3
15. Kentucky 8-3
14. Washington 8-3
17. Utah 8-3
18. Mississippi St. 7-4
19. Northwestern 7-4
20. Syracuse 8-3
21. Utah St. 10-1
22. Texas A&M 7-4
23. Boise St. 9-2
24. Pittsburgh 7-4
25. Iowa St. 6-4

The playoff semifinals match the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 4 seed, and No. 2 will face No. 3. The semifinals will be hosted at the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl on Dec. 29. The championship game will be played on Jan. 7, 2019 at Santa Clara, Calif.