College Football Playoff: Miami Hurricanes No. 7 in second-to-last rankings

Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Ahmmon Richards (82) watches from the sideline against Toledo Rockets at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on September 23, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

[Richt named ACC Coach of the Year]

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[Offense trying to bounce back from poor performance]

The ACC championship will be, according to the College Football Playoff committee, a No. 1-vs.-No. 7 matchup.

Miami expected to drop out of the CFP top four and did, falling from second to seventh in the latest batch of rankings, released Tuesday. The Hurricanes (10-1, 7-1 ACC) will face top-ranked Clemson (11-1, 7-1) in Charlotte on Saturday (8 p.m., ABC).

The Tigers, who jumped to No. 1 after Alabama and Miami lost last weekend, are a 9.5-point favorite over UM. Their status, plus UM’s near-unblemished resume, would give Miami a top four spot when the final rankings are released Sunday — if and only if the Canes beat Clemson for the ACC title.

Tuesday’s takeaway: no change for Miami. A win gets them into one of the playoff semifinal bowls (Rose or Sugar), barring never-before-seen reasoning by the CFP committee for excluding them; and a loss means UM heads to the Orange Bowl (Dec. 30) as the second-best ACC team of 2017.

Auburn (10-2), which knocked off formerly top-ranked Alabama in the Iron Bowl, was No. 2. The Tigers, despite their pair of losses, are looking strong after toppling a pair of No. 1s in November. They have a rematch with one of them, Georgia, in the SEC Championship. Oklahoma (11-1) was No. 3 heading into its Big 12 title fight with No. 11 TCU. Wisconsin (12-0) was No. 4. The Badgers would clearly remain in Los Cuatro Mejores by beating No. 8 Ohio State for the Big Ten crown.

Just outside the top four: No. 5 Alabama and No. 6 Georgia, both 11-1.

Behind Miami, which had the longest winning streak in the country (15 games) before losing at Pittsburgh last Friday: No. 8 Ohio State (10-2), No. 9 Penn State (10-2) and No. 10 USC (10-2).

Miami resume watch: Notre Dame (9-3), which Miami beat 41-8 on Nov. 11, was No. 15. … Virginia Tech (9-3), which Miami beat 28-10 on Nov. 4, checked in at No. 22. … Also of note: UCF moved up one spot to No. 14, despite being one of two FBS unbeaten teams.

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[What players, coaches said afterward]

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