Syracuse climbs six spots in college football playoff rankings

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WINSTON SALEM, NC – NOVEMBER 03: Defensive lineman Chris Calhoun #6 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons hits quarterback Eric Dungey #2 of the Syracuse Orange as Dungey lunges short of a first down during their football game at BB&T Field on November 3, 2018 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – The Orange moved up six spots in the latest College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings, released Tuesday on ESPN.

Syracuse went from No. 19 last week to No. 13. The Orange are the second-highest ranked team from the Atlantic Coast Conference behind No. 2 Clemson.

Syracuse is 7-2 overall and 4-2 in conference play under third-year head coach Dino Babers. In addition to their No. 13 CFP ranking, the Orange are also No. 13 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 and the Amway Coaches Poll. Syracuse’s AP ranking is its highest since being slotted 11th in the wire service’s poll released on Sept. 28, 1998.

The Orange have won three games in a row heading into this Friday’s matchup with Louisville. 

Overall, four ACC Atlantic Division teams were included in this week’s CFP rankings. In addition to the Orange and Tigers, NC State (No. 14) and Boston College (No. 17) appeared in the poll for the second straight week.

Alabama (No. 1), Clemson, Notre Dame (No. 3) and Michigan (No. 4) made up this week’s top four. At the end of the season, the four highest-ranked teams advance to the College Football Playoff, which begins on Dec. 29.

Syracuse already has a win over NC State, beating the Wolfpack 51-41 on Oct. 27. The Orange close the regular season with matchups against Notre Dame on Nov. 17 and Boston College on Nov. 24.

The College Football Playoff rankings are determined by a committee of 13 individuals with experience as coaches, student-athletes, college administrators and journalists, along with sitting athletics directors. The rankings are announced each Tuesday from Oct. 20 to Nov. 27, with the final rankings released on Sunday, Dec. 2.

About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and Capital One Orange Bowl. The College Football Playoff National Championship will be Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

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