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Playoff top 4 might not stay as is

30 November, 2017, 13:59 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Auburn fans celebrate win over Alabama

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


Alabama football fans will watch closely tonight as the Playoff Committee releases its next to last rankings.

Auburn, which lost to Clemson on September 9, slid up to No. 2 after knocking off the Crimson Tide. The Hurricanes last won a national title in the 2001 season. If Georgia downs Auburn in the SEC championship, would the Bulldogs jump over Alabama? The Big 12 and ACC were the only other conferences to record multiple championships with two apiece.

Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin will enter championship weekend positioned to earn a playoff spot with just one more victory. Nope. That would just mean Oklahoma and TCU split their season series, and the Horned Frogs' résumé doesn't include the type of quality wins fellow two-loss contender Auburn's does.

An Oklahoma loss to TCU is the best scenario for Alabama. Auburn would become the first two-loss team to play in the playoff but that would be because they beat two teams ranked No. 1 by the committee in November, and a second win against a Georgia team the committee rightfully respects as much as they do is a nice final push into the playoff should Auburn win.

No. 1 Clemson and No. 7 Miami will meet in the ACC title game, while No. 2 Auburn faces No. 6 Georgia in the SEC title game with winners from both expected to wind up in the top four. Wisconsin faces Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game Saturday.

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The selection committee could be faced with a choice between Alabama (11-1) and Ohio State (10-2).

"The CFB Playoff Selection Committee did it previous year with Ohio State, but I don't think they want to do it again".

"This group has earned the right to have the opportunity to play in the Big Ten championship", he said. A win over Stanford would give USC two wins over the Cardinal.

The rankings as they stand now would likely create semifinal matchups of Clemson against Wisconsin in the Sugar Bowl and Auburn against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl. "We take care of our business, as we have so far, good things are going to happen". Clemson appears to be a lock to stay No. 1 if it beats Miami in the ACC championship game. The Badgers have played through the criticism and set the stage for their entry to the playoff under one simple condition; win and they're in.

No. 2 Oklahoma (minus 7) vs.

Peach Bowl: No. 14 UCF vs. Maybe Notre Dame could move up and in if some of its previous opponents play well this weekend. Given its location, UCF's most likely destination seems to be the Peach Bowl. "Very little separation in the committee's eyes between teams five through eight". Would Ohio State get sent to a third straight Fiesta Bowl? No. 13 Washington is also on the radar ahead of the Fighting Irish.



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