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Clemson leads college playoff pack, but Alabama is lurking

30 November 2017, 12:52 | Kristopher Drake

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Thanksgiving weekend was not kind to teams atop the College Football Playoff rankings.

Clemson (11-1) was the No. 1 team in Tuesday's latest playoff rankings.

Also keep in mind that Clemson beat Auburn on September 9, too, and they would have the same records if Clemson lost to Miami and Auburn beat Georgia. Meanwhile, Alabama is ranked No. 5 and could stand to move up should another team in the top four fall this weekend.

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But what if Ohio State wins? 1 team in three weeks - Auburn climbed to No. 2, despite owning two losses.

The system would rank Wisconsin and Clemson as No. 1 and No. 2 with Auburn, Georgia, and Alabama on the outside looking in. For just the second time in the history of the AP poll, there will be four games matching top-10 teams in one regular-season weekend. Let's look at the Tide's likely positions and what each will mean. No two-loss team has made the field in the first three seasons.

Looks like it, especially if Auburn wins the SEC, but it likely will require a loss by either Wisconsin or Oklahoma.

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

At this point, Alabama needs chaos on championship Saturday.

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Rounding out the top 10 in this week's College Football Playoff poll are No. 7 Clemson, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 9 Penn State and No. 10 USC. They got a lot of flak for it previous year, especially after Ohio State got crushed by Clemson.

Penn State is the one team out of the playoff race but fairly well locked into a New Year's Six spot.

The Playoff was instituted in 2014 and has yet to feature two teams from the same conference in a single Playoff.

Can Clemson lose to Miami and get in?

The only thing the other potential two-loss contenders, such as Ohio State, TCU or Southern California, would have on Clemson is a conference title.

That ranking prompted this tweet from UCF athletic director Danny White: "You've got to be kidding me!"

Rose Bowl (CFP semifinal): No. 3 Oklahoma vs. "To be able to say that we flipped it and went 9-3 is just an unbelievable accomplishment for this team and this program".

The next highest-ranked team available is No. 6 Georgia, which makes sense for the nearby Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

"The Selection Committee had questions as to are they as balanced of a team as some others that are ranked just above them, and we analyzed their schedule, have they really been tested on the defensive side of the ball this year, and if so, by who, and based on that conversation, we ranked them in that 14th spot this week", Hocutt said. Teams on the verge of winning 11 games like Miami and Ohio State also have ugly losses with the Hurricanes recently losing to Pittsburgh and Ohio State losing to Iowa.



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