What to look for tonight in CFB Playoff Rankings

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MI was not listed in the College Football Playoff standings. 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.

Clemson surged to the top spot in the College Football Playoff and Auburn climbed to No. 2 after it knocked off Alabama last weekend in their annual rivalry game. A TCU win over Oklahoma likely would be enough for the Crimson Tide to slide back in. But the Hurricanes play Clemson in the ACC title game on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. In the coming weekend, Clemson will play Miami in the ACC championship, Auburn will play Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship, and Wisconsin and Oklahoma will play top-10 opponents, Ohio State and TCU, respectively, in the Big Ten and Big 12 championships. Clemson was No. 1 in every poll in 2015 before losing in the National Championship game to Alabama.

The third-ranked Sooners will be locked in a rematch for their conference title game as Oklahoma will face TCU for the Big 12 championship. No two-loss team has made the field in the first three seasons.

Second, there's the matter of the comparable weakness of the wins Alabama does have.

It has had to make its mere seven wins against Power Five teams count, and that it has, throttling both Georgia and Alabama, the only two teams to rank No. 1 so far this season. Oklahoma jumped into the No. 3 spot while undefeated Wisconsin (12-0) landed at No. 4. Miami slipped after taking its first loss of the season last week from No. 2 to seventh, just ahead of Ohio State at eighth. Following a 24-10 win over the Gamecocks, the Bulldogs stayed at No. 1 and then lost 40-17 to Auburn.

This week's College Football Playoff rankings really don't mean much for Georgia. The two teams meet in the AAC championship game, with the victor likely playing in the Peach Bowl.

"I think this team deserves the opportunity to get in the playoff by what they've been able to accomplish and what they've been able to do", Saban said postgame. A win over Stanford would give USC two wins over the Cardinal.

Kirk Herbstreit explains how Alabama can still make the Playoff
Clemson No. 1 in College Football Playoff Rankings

Clemson is ranked No. 1 this week and is followed by Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

The Knights just beat South Florida, which had only one loss, but they're 14 in the playoff rankings.

"They've won 11 games".

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The AAC victor is probably going to the Peach Bowl.

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. Let's look at a more likely scenario.

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




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