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Nov 15, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas (5) throws the ball against the Clemson Tigers in the second quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY SportsPHOTOS | UGA beats Auburn<!–iframe–> (USA Today) — Alabama, which handed Mississippi State its first loss on Saturday, moved from No. 5 to No. 1 in the College Football Playoff Top 25 released Tuesday night.“We feel like Alabama is the most complete team right now,” said Jeff Long, chair of the Playoff selection committee.Yet Mississippi State also stayed firm in the Playoff race, falling only to No. 4. The Bulldogs are one of three one-loss teams in the top four, joining No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Florida State.“You never felt like Mississippi State was out of that game,” Long said of the Bulldogs’ loss at Alabama.Last week’s top four was Mississippi State at No. 1, Oregon at No. 2, Florida State at No. 3 and TCU at No. 4.There were questions this week whether TCU’s close win at Kansas would persuade the 13-person Playoff selection committee to move Baylor ahead of TCU, but that was far from the case. In fact, the committee kept Baylor at No. 7. Ohio State moved ahead of the Bears after beating a ranked Minnesota team which remained No. 25 in this week’s rankings. Baylor beat TCU 61-58 in October.“Ohio State has had two impressive road wins in the Big Ten,” Long said. “That made a very positive statement and allowed them to the level that they did.”Of Baylor, he said, “At this point the committee doesn’t feel Baylor and TCU’s body of work is comparable enough that (head-to-head) would kick in.”For the third consecutive week, no team from the Group of Five conferences — the American, Conference USA, the Mid-American, the Mountain West and the Sun Belt — was ranked in the top 25. Long said the committee discussed Marshall (the only unbeaten team other than Florida State), Boise State, Colorado State, Memphis and Northern Illinois as top 25 candidates.Utah moved back up to No. 17 after being No. 23 last week. The Utes have been No. 17 three of the four weeks the Playoff rankings have been released.The selection committee is determining the teams that will play in a four-team tournament for college football’s national championship this season. The group is scheduled to meet and release new rankings each Tuesday through Dec. 2.The committee’s final decision is scheduled to come at 12:45 p.m. ET Sunday, Dec. 7. Later that day the committee also will select eight other teams to compete in the Cotton, Fiesta, Orange and Peach bowls.The national semifinals will be held at the Rose and Sugar Bowls on Jan. 1. The championship game is at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.The fourth College Football Playoff Top 25:1. Alabama (9-1)2. Oregon (9-1)3. Florida State (10-0)4. Mississippi State (9-1)5. TCU (9-1)6. Ohio State (9-1)7. Baylor (8-1)8. Mississippi (8-2)9. UCLA (8-2)10. Georgia (8-2)11. Michigan State (8-2)12. Kansas State (7-2)13. Arizona State (8-2)14. Auburn (7-3)15. Arizona (8-2)16. Wisconsin (8-2)17. Utah (7-3)18. Georgia Tech (9-2)19. USC (7-3)20. Missouri (8-2)21. Oklahoma (7-3)22. Clemson (7-3)23. Nebraska (8-2)24. Louisville (7-3)25. Minnesota (7-3)PHOTOS | Georgia Tech blows out Clemson
Arleigh Rutherford has returned to the helm of the Georgetown Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association (GCUSA) with the promise to build on the foundations set. At the elections held on Thursday at Union Hall Building, Woolford Avenue, Rutherford was re-elected unopposed and will have Delvin Austin as his deputy.Karen Bobb-Semple Weatherspoon will serve as secretary of the organisation along with Kelvin Morris as the Treasurer and Stephon Josiah as the Assistant Secretary/Treasurer.Ravishwer Lattif will function in the capacity of Public Relations Officer and the committee members include Guyana Cricket Board Territorial Development Officer and former West Indies cricketer, Colin Stuart, former vice-president of the GCUSA and former Headmaster of Essequibo Islands Secondary, Moses Ramnarine, Heuvel Cunha and Deon Feassal. In his charge for the new year, Rutherford who serves in the capacity of Match Referee expressed his gratitude to those who established the organisation and encouraged all to look upon the sacrifices and hard work done by them in order to see their vision realised.He explained that in the past term, the GCUSA has built closer relations with the cricketing fraternity with continuous umpiring education with the likes of Reon King and Guyana Jaguars captain, Leon Johnson being involved.Rutherford also stated that the body has been assisting umpires to elevate themselves by sitting the regional examinations while for the new year will look to better attend to scorers while trying to enlist more persons to come on board.