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Miami up to No. 2, behind Alabama, in College Football Playoff rankings

MONICA HERNDON   |   Times The Miami Hurricanes celebrate after the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Miami Hurricanes in Miami, Fla. on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. The Miami Hurricanes beat the Virginia Tech Hokies 28-10.
MONICA HERNDON | Times The Miami Hurricanes celebrate after the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Miami Hurricanes in Miami, Fla. on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. The Miami Hurricanes beat the Virginia Tech Hokies 28-10.
Published Nov. 22, 2017

Miami moved up to No. 2 behind Alabama in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night, with Clemson slipping one spot to three and Oklahoma holding at four.

Wisconsin and Auburn remained next up behind the top four in a week when the top half of the selection committee's rankings were mostly unchanged.

Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Southern California followed in the same order as they did last week. Over the next two weeks, every team in the top nine will play another team ranked in the committee's top 25, including four games matching top playoff contenders.

The Crimson Tide will play at Auburn on Saturday to decide a spot in the SEC championship on Dec. 2. The winner plays Georgia.

The ACC championship will match Clemson and Miami on Dec. 2, and Wisconsin and Ohio State play in the Big Ten championship.

Hurricanes coach Mark Richt said there's little he can do to control what others think of Miami, so he planned to spend Tuesday working on a game plan for Friday's opponent, Pittsburgh, rather than watching the announcement of the new rankings.

"It doesn't matter what I think, so I don't worry about it," Richt said.

UCF came in at No. 15 and Memphis is 20th, the highest-ranked teams from outside the Power Five.

Men's basketball

No. 6 Wichita St. 80, Marquette 66: Landry Shamet scored 19, Connor Frankamp added 13 and the Shockers (4-0) rode their second-half defense into the Maui Invitational title game in Lahaina, Hawaii. Wichita State shot 54 percent and had a 44-33 advantage in the paint

MISSOURI: Highly-acclaimed freshman forward Michael Porter will have lower back surgery that involve two discs and is likely out for the rest of the season. He was voted a preseason All-American and the SEC co-preseason player of the year and was considered a possible No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA draft, but has played only two minutes in four games this season.

Women's basketball

UF 87, RICHMOND 80: Funda Nakkasoglu scored 25 and the Gators (2-2) won their opener in the Savannah (Ga.) Invite.