College football rankings: Georgia beats out Ohio State for No. 5 in CBS Sports 129

The College Football Playoff is set and the consensus from our experts is that the selection committee got the top four right. After the conclusion of Week 14's conference championship games and rescheduled contests, the top four teams in the CBS Sports 129 -- a comprehensive ranking of every FBS team, collected from ballots turned in by both CBS Sports and 247Sports experts -- are No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Oklahoma. 

Georgia previously held the No. 4 spot in our rankings prior to coming up short in a 35-28 SEC Championship Game loss to Alabama. It's likely that the Bulldogs didn't drop as much as they were passed by in the rankings, falling behind Oklahoma in the pecking order thanks to the Sooners receiving a boost from avenging its only loss of the season against Texas in the Big 12 title game. While Georgia dropped, it was not going to fall far. Our experts have the Bulldogs at No. 5, ahead of Ohio State (No. 6) and undefeated UCF (No. 7). Michigan, Florida and Washington, which moved up three spots following its Pac-12 Championship Game win against Utah, round out the top 10. 

With most of the 129 teams spending Week 14 on the sideline, there wasn't too much movement overall, but plenty of reshuffling as the weekend results impacted the ranking for those conference title contenders. Our experts are still much more favorable to the Mountain West than the selection committee ever was this season while we've got Mississippi State and Texas A&M in the 20s instead of being top-20 teams in the final rankings of the regular season. 

College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots each week, which are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below, and 26-129 on our rankings page.

RankTeamRecordPrevious
1Alabama13-01
2Clemson13-02
3Notre Dame12-03
4Oklahoma12-15
5Georgia11-24
6Ohio State12-16
7UCF12-07
8Michigan10-28
9Florida9-39
10Washington10-313
11Washington State10-210
12LSU9-312
13Texas9-411
14West Virginia8-314
15Penn State9-315
16Fresno State11-219
17Utah9-416
18Syracuse9-318
19Kentucky9-320
20Boise State10-317
21Utah State10-221
22Mississippi State8-422
23Iowa State8-423
24Texas A&M8-424
25Cincinnati 10-226

Biggest movers 

  • Appalachian State (+5): After beating Louisiana to claim a third-straight Sun Belt title, the Mountaineers moved from No. 32 up to No. 27. Scott Satterfield has since taken the Louisville job, but no one expects App State's winning ways -- which predate Satterfield and the move to FBS -- to stop anytime soon. 
  • UAB (+4): Unlike Appalachian State, UAB will retain its head coach as Bill Clark re-upped with a new deal after securing the program's first-ever Conference USA title on Saturday against Middle Tennessee. Our experts have the Blazers up four spots to No. 40 after the program-changing win. 
  • Fresno State (+3): A snowy night in Boise is rarely ideal conditions for a team based in Fresno, California, but the Bulldogs pulled out an overtime win that puts a terrific bow on another great season for Jeff Tedford. 
  • Washington (+3): Last week, our voters still had Washington State ahead of Washington despite the head-to-head result in the Apple Cup. After the Huskies took down Utah in the Pac-12 title game, that has been corrected with a move up to No. 10. 
  • Buffalo (-4): After making it up to No. 39 in our rankings, the 10-win Bulls dropped to No. 43 following a 30-29 loss to Northern Illinois in the MAC title game. 

Check out the rest of the CBS Sports 129: Teams ranked 26-129

CBS Sports Writer

Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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