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Michigan still No. 4 in latest College Football Playoff rankings

The Michigan football team did not move in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 and Amway coaches poll.

You can now say the same thing for the rankings that really matter.

Michigan stood still at No. 4 in the latest batch of the College Football Playoff rankings, unveiled Tuesday night with the same top 10 teams.

Ahead of Michigan is unbeaten Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame, all in that order.

The fourth-ranked Wolverines (9-1, 7-0 Big Ten) are coming off a 42-7 win over Rutgers on Saturday, their ninth straight win this season to remain atop the standings in the Big Ten East.

Michigan stands pat at No. 4 in this week’s AP, coaches polls

They can clinch a division title and trip to the Big Ten championship game with a win over Ohio State on Nov. 24. But first, Michigan hosts Indiana on Saturday in Ann Arbor (4 p.m., FS1).

Michigan debuted fifth in the CFP rankings two weeks ago and moved up to No. 4 with a win over Penn State on Nov. 3. The top four teams in the final poll, to be released on Dec. 2, will qualify for the four-team playoff later in late December.

As of now, all major postseason prognosticators project the Wolverines in, playing Alabama on Dec. 29 in the Cotton Bowl, one of the two scheduled semi-final round games this year.

Of course, Michigan making the playoff — which would be its first since the playoff system began in 2014 — would likely be contingent on the team winning its final two regular-season games, along with the Big Ten title game on Dec. 1 against Northwestern.

The Wolverines remain the highest-ranked Big Ten team, ahead of Ohio State (No. 10), Penn State (14) and Northwestern (25).

Their highest ranking ever in the CFP era, third, came in 2016. That year, they lost to Ohio State in their regular-season finale, missed out on the Big Ten title game and wound up playing in the Orange Bowl.

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