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Take Two: Will Alabama back its way into the CFB Playoff?

30 November 2017, 01:58 | Marlene Fleming

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Oklahoma jumped into the No. 3 spot while undefeated Wisconsin (12-0) landed at No. 4. The fifth- and sixth-ranked teams are Alabama and Georgia, respectively. Georgia (11-1), 7. Miami (FL) (10-1), 8.

This marks the 17th consecutive College Football Playoff ranking that Clemson has been in the top four, the only team in the nation that can make that claim. No. 3 Oklahoma will need to prevail over No. 11 TCU in the return of the Big 12 title game to get in, while No. 4 Wisconsin will face off with No. 8 Ohio State in the Big Ten title game as the Buckeyes hope to do enough to potentially sneak into the field. 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.

Both Clemson or Miami would make the final four as a one-loss ACC champ.

Clemson has a victory over six of the top eight teams since 2013 and has won the last meeting it has had against Auburn, Oklahoma, Alabama, Miami (FL) and Ohio State. Ohio State would be coming off four straight wins and a highly-valued conference championship, but one of its two losses was an unexpected beatdown at the hands of a lesser team. Those three wins - plus a conference championship - would all be better than anything that current No. 5 Alabama has accomplished.

A loss to the Buckeyes likely would result in UW being left out of the playoff, but the Badgers still would be in the running for a marquee bowl game.

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Auburn and Georgia will collide in the SEC Championship Game, the first to be played in the new Mercedes-Benz Dome in Atlanta. While Ohio State may have the better pure résumé after Saturday, Alabama will still only have one loss compared to Ohio State's two.

Clemson is now No. 1 in all three polls.

With No. 9 Penn State and No. 11 TCU the highest-ranked teams remaining, they would head to the Cotton Bowl Classic. 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.

Yes, the Crimson Tide, who lost by 12 points at Auburn last weekend, sit in prime position to move back into the Final Four if certain things happen this weekend. An 11-2 Pac-12 champion USC?

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.

The Big Ten serves up the most interesting situation because of the team involved. Win and you're in 3. Maybe Notre Dame could move up and in if some of its previous opponents play well this weekend.

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