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Michigan moves to No. 4 in College Football Playoff rankings

| Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Michigan running back Karan Higdon (22) gets congratulated by head coach Jim Harbaugh, center, after a Michigan touchdown in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Penn State in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Michigan won 42-7. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Michigan running back Karan Higdon (22) gets congratulated by head coach Jim Harbaugh, center, after a Michigan touchdown in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Penn State in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Michigan won 42-7. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Michigan moved into the fourth spot of the College Football Playoff rankings behind Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame.

Georgia was next at five, followed by Oklahoma.

The playoff picture cleared up after a weekend during which several contenders asserted themselves. The top four teams in the final rankings Dec. 2 will play in the national semifinals.

The Crimson Tide easily dispatched LSU from the top four, beating the Tigers, 29-0. LSU, though, dropped only to No. 7 after its second loss, ahead of Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State — all with only one loss.

Unbeaten Notre Dame moved up one spot to No. 3, and Michigan jumped a spot after a 42-7 victory against Penn State.

— AP

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