Playoff top 4 might not stay as is

Playoff top 4 might not stay as is

Clemson is the committee's No. 1 team, and Auburn and Wisconsin round out the top four. Good chance that's an SEC team this season with Auburn, Alabama and Georgia all sitting in the top six.

Following the 26-14 pummeling it took at Auburn last Saturday, how far might Alabama descend from its familiar home at No. 1, where it has resided for a mind-boggling 52 percent of the rankings across four years? The Crimson Tide, which has been in all three previous College Football Playoff final fours, needs help to make it four in a row. They got a lot of flak for it previous year, especially after Ohio State got crushed by Clemson. If Ohio State defeats Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, could the Buckeyes possibly move up from No. 8 to No. 4? If Ohio State wins that game, will it be enough for the Buckeyes to jump over the Tide for a spot in the Playoffs?

A two-loss Auburn is two spots ahead of undefeated Wisconsin.

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Alabama has only one win against a top-20 team (No. 17 LSU), while Ohio State and TCU would boast more after this weekend. 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.

Does the committee hate UCF, the American Athletic Conference and Group of Five teams in general? Head-to-head results and conference championships come into play when resumes are relatively even, and, in that case, resumes would be relatively even. TCU would also be 11-2 with a split against the Sooners and a Big 12 championship. But UCF, the only other unbeaten team in FBS other than Wisconsin, moved up just one spot to No. 14 after beating USF (10-2) last week in a dramatic and thrilling game.

Ohio State football is the No. 1 topic in Wake Up Sloopy every day - but we cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. And this week, we have quite a lineup on the college football calendar with conference championship week upon us. Georgia's opponent in the SEC Championship, Auburn, was ranked No. 2 in the poll.

With the top two teams of last week having lost - Alabama at Auburn, and Miami at Pittsburgh - Clemson figures to rise from No. 3 to No. 1. Ohio State would own a conference championship, but Oklahoma decisively beat the Buckeyes in Columbus on September 9.

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Clemson: Win and you're in 2.

No. 10 USC and No. 11 TCU are still hoping to be a part of the conversation.

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"They just worry about the next game".

The Big Ten serves up the most interesting situation because of the team involved.

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.

Rose Bowl (CFP semifinal): No. 3 Oklahoma vs.

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