College Football Playoff rankings: Who are the top four teams in fifth CFP poll of 2023?

Week 13 of the 2023 college football season is in the books, as is the regular season for the majority of the country’s teams.

With the conference championship games next up on the schedule for the qualifying programs, the College Football Playoff picture is days away from being finalized.

How does the CFP committee view the top 25 teams in the nation following Week 13? Here’s how the rankings look this week.

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College Football Playoff rankings 2023

Who are the top four CFP teams in the fifth poll of 2023?

Last week, the top four teams in the CFP rankings were Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and Washington, in that order.  

Michigan’s dramatic win over Ohio State will prompt the most significant shakeup in the rankings to date, with the Buckeyes set to drop out of the top four. 

Among the other two teams in the top four, the Bulldogs maintained their undefeated record, defeating in-state rival Georgia Tech, 31-23. Washington, meanwhile, staved off a potential upset from Washington State in the Apple Cup with a game-winning field goal from kicker Grady Gross. 

The Buckeyes’ loss was Florida State’s gain, as the Seminoles remained undefeated with a win over Florida to position themselves for a top-four spot heading into the ACC Championship Game against Louisville. 

This section will be updated when the fifth edition of the CFP rankings is released at 7 p.m. ET.

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Who are the first two teams out of the top four in the fifth CFP poll of 2023?

With FSU benefiting from the Buckeyes’ loss, the committee has four one-loss teams in contention for the next two slots.

Oregon would seem to be next in line after the Ducks breezed through rivalry week, taking care of business against Oregon State, 31-7 on Friday.  

Ohio State, Texas and Alabama also will be in the mix here, poised to move up should any of the top teams stumble in conference championship games. 

This section will be updated when the fifth edition of the CFP rankings is released at 7 p.m. ET.

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College Football Playoff top 25 rankings from the fifth CFP poll of 2023

This section will be updated when the fifth edition of the CFP rankings is released at 7 p.m. ET.

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MORE: Updated bowl projections entering championship week

What New Year’s 6 bowl games would look like

Here’s how the top-tier bowl games are looking after Week 13, according to projections from SN’s Bill Bender:

  • Cotton Bowl (Dec. 29): Texas vs. Missouri
  • Peach Bowl (Dec. 30): Tulane vs. Penn State
  • Orange Bowl (Dec. 30): Ohio State vs. Louisville
  • Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1): Alabama vs. Oregon
  • Rose Bowl – semifinal (Jan. 1): Michigan vs. Washington
  • Sugar Bowl – semifinal (Jan. 1): Georgia vs. Florida State

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