Vols no. 17 in College Football Playoff rankings

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KNOXVILLE (WATE/AP) – The Tennessee Volunteers football team moved up two spots this week in the College Football Playoff rankings to number 17.

The Vols ranked 19 in last week’s rankings. The top four spots are held by Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson. Washington moved up a spot to fifth.

Ohio State and Michigan play Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, and the loser is likely — though not definitely — out of the playoff race. The Wolverines would move on the Big Ten championship game by beating the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes, though, need help to reach the conference title game.

Unbeaten Alabama meets Auburn on Saturday, but the Crimson Tide has already clinched a spot in the SEC title game.

The Vols play their final game of the regular season this Saturday at Vanderbilt. The Vols ranked 24th in the latest Associated Press poll.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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