Colorado has taken another step up the College Football Playoff ladder.

In the latest CFP rankings released on Tuesday night, the Buffaloes moved up to No. 9, one spot up from a week ago.

Also ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls, the Buffs (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) are in position to make a run at the top four if enough dominoes fall over the next two weeks.

The top four teams in the CFP rankings released on Dec. 4 will play for the national championship.

Defending champion Alabama (11-0) remained at No. 1, leading a top four that did not change from last week. Ohio State (10-1) remained at No. 2, Michigan (10-1) at No. 3 and Clemson (10-1) at No. 4.

Last week's No. 5 team, Louisville (9-2), lost to Houston and tumbled to No. 11, allowing several others to move up.

Washington (10-1) jumped to No. 5, Wisconsin (9-2) is up to No. 6, Penn State (9-2) moved to No. 7, and Oklahoma (9-2) moved to No. 8. Oklahoma State (9-2) rounds out the top 10.

CU's opponent this week, Utah (8-3, 5-3) tumbled 10 spots to No. 22 after losing to Oregon last week.

USC (8-3) moved up one spot to No.12. Also from the Pac-12, Washington State (8-3) fell one spot to No. 23 after losing to CU, and Stanford (8-3) remained at No. 24.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.



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