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What to look for tonight in CFB Playoff Rankings

30 November, 2017, 13:59 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Kirk Herbstreit explains how Alabama can still make the Playoff

The next two teams are No. 5 Alabama (11-1) and No. 6 Georgia (11-1). Following a 24-10 win over the Gamecocks, the Bulldogs stayed at No. 1 and then lost 40-17 to Auburn.

Each of the top four teams plays a conference title game this Saturday against another highly ranked team, creating potential play-in playoff games.

That could be the deciding factor between Alabama and Ohio State if it comes down to those two schools.

Alabama fans need to root for TCU and Ohio State to win their respective conferences. But if the Sooners win, it's better to have Ohio State win the Big Ten championship and dare the committee to leap them from No. 8 to No. 4. One of the reasons the Buckeyes made the field previous year but Big Ten-champion Penn State did not was a blowout loss for the Nittany Lions.

Putting Alabama in fifth place might have been a sign that if any of the teams above it goes down this weekend, coach Nick Saban has his team right back in the College Football Playoff picture.

The final College Football Playoff rankings will be released on Sunday, Dec. 3. Miami gets a shot at No. 1 Clemson in the ACC Championship Game. The reigning champs are followed by Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

Another wild card in the batch would be Auburn, No. 6 last weekend, but capable of turning up just about anywhere north of that tonight.

Georgia gets a rematch with No. 2 Auburn in the SEC Championship Game. The Crimson Tide's resume has no wins against teams now in the top 15 and it is done playing, but the Buckeyes have two losses by double digits, including a 31-point blowout at Iowa.

The weekly hype video produced by the Buckeyes video team never disappoints, but they save their best stuff for the biggest matchups.

"They've won 11 games". LSU (9-3), 18. Washington State (9-3), 19.

Northwestern is No. 21 as Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, N.C. State and Fresno State round out the CFP top 25. The Sooners and Buckeyes would both be 11-2 with a loss to a top-10 team and a loss to a 7-5 team.

Auburn, which lost to Clemson on September 9, slid up to No. 2 after knocking off the Crimson Tide. Southern California (10-2), 11.

The ACC and SEC are the only two games that appear to guarantee the champion will be going to the playoff regardless of the outcome. Additionally, a few more upsets on Saturday could result in this week's No. 1 team not falling as far in the final rankings with a loss and possibly sliding into the playoff as a No. 4 seed. The Trojans and Frogs have similar resumes now, and a win over No. 3 Oklahoma might give TCU more ammunition to make a jump.

The Orange Bowl matches the top non-playoff team from the ACC against the top non-playoff team from the Big Ten, SEC and Notre Dame.

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