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Playoff Rankings Preview: Final Debates as the Field Is Cut to Eight

30 November, 2017, 14:02 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant scrambles from the pocket against South Carolina linebacker T.J. Brunson during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday Nov. 25 2017 in Columbia S.C. Clemson defeated South Carolina 34-10. Phot

Anyone in the top seven will make the playoff with a win.

. Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Adam Gorney lays out the situation and then receives takes from Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell and a local expert from the Rivals.com network of team sites.

The Sooners improved their spot in the College Football Playoff ranking after losses by last week's top two teams, Alabama and Miami.

Auburn, which lost to Clemson on September 9, slid up to No. 2 after knocking off the Crimson Tide. Auburn advanced to the SEC Championship Game to face Georgia, while Alabama must await its postseason fate. Two-loss Big 12 champion TCU, if it beats Oklahoma this week?

Do the Crimson Tide sit in prime position if any of those things happen to move right back into the top four - possibly the only team to not win its division or play in a conference title game to make the Final Four? Just win, baby. That should go without saying entering the conference championship games, but with playoff spots on the line in four of the five power conferences and each team winning its conference feeling it has an argument to make for playoff consideration, we have ourselves the best conference championship weekend of the young College Football Playoff era.

A loss to Auburn in the SEC Championship would prevent the Bulldogs from reaching the playoff.

An Oklahoma loss to TCU is the best scenario for Alabama. In the No. 6 slot, Alabama could be jumped by an Ohio State win and a Georgia win.

Would Alabama (11-1), or even Wisconsin (12-1 if the Badgers lose Saturday), deserve a spot over the potential two-loss conference champions? Then comes the Big Ten Championship Game, where Ohio State can bolster its uneven resume by handing No. 4 Wisconsin its first loss.

The Tigers (11-1) are coming off a 34-10 win over rival SC.

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Clemson is the No. 1 ranked team in the College Football Playoff Poll released Tuesday evening by the CFP Committee.

Alabama fans need to root for TCU and Ohio State to win their respective conferences.

Alabama only has one loss and ended up playing a slightly tougher schedule in a better conference. They're followed by Oklahoma and Wisconsin as the other two teams would be in if the playoffs began today.

Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Clemson vs.

The national semifinals are set for January 1, at 4pm at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and at 7:45 p.m.at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

Cotton Bowl: No. 8 Ohio State vs.

Notre Dame fell from No. 8 to No. 15 after losing at Stanford last weekend. Given its location, UCF's most likely destination seems to be the Peach Bowl. The Fiesta Bowl presents interesting questions: Would Penn State and USC get matched up for the second year in a row (committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said it's possible)?

Penn State appears to be safely in the New Year's Six at No. 9.

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