Playoff Rankings Preview: Final Debates as the Field Is Cut to Eight

Playoff Rankings Preview: Final Debates as the Field Is Cut to Eight

Playoff Rankings Preview: Final Debates as the Field Is Cut to Eight

In the past few days, the college football world has been buzzing about a number of topics regarding the coaching carousel. 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.

Losses by last week's top two teams, Alabama and Miami, shook up the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday as two schools made their first appearance in the CFP top four in the penultimate rankings of the season released.

Auburn and Georgia will collide in the SEC Championship Game, the first to be played in the new Mercedes-Benz Dome in Atlanta.

If TCU beats Oklahoma for the Big 12 championship it is unlikely the Horned Frogs can jump all the way into the top four, but both the Frogs and Sooners would get New Year's Six spots.

Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin will enter championship weekend positioned to earn a playoff spot with just one more victory.

J.T. Barrett has a chance to win another Silver Football, the award given by the Chicago Tribune to the Big Ten's best player. Meanwhile, Alabama is ranked No. 5 and could stand to move up should another team in the top four fall this weekend. Auburn (10-2), 3. Oklahoma (11-1), 4.

Ohio State and Wisconsin met in the 2014 Big Ten Championship, a 59-0 win for the Buckeyes.

Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after his team scores a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina.

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The ranking is OU's highest this season in the College Football Playoff poll.

Alabama fans need to root for TCU and Ohio State to win their respective conferences.

The other three bowls have no contractual obligations, though one spot is reserved for the highest-ranked champion from the Group of Five conferences. On Saturday, nine conference championship games will be played, including four featuring two top-11 teams with clear playoff implications.

The national semifinals are set for January 1, at 4pm at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and at 7:45 p.m.at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Clemson appears to be a lock to stay No. 1 if it beats Miami in the ACC championship game.

Maybe they were just words and not a warning.

No. 2 Oklahoma (minus 7) vs.

Cotton Bowl Classic: No. 11 TCU vs.

Notre Dame fell from No. 8 to No. 15 after losing at Stanford last weekend. Let's look at a more likely scenario. That said, if one of those teams does slip up, then the Crimson Tide will be sitting in that No. 5 spot in the rankings waiting to stake their claim to move up into the Top 4. Would Ohio State get sent to a third straight Fiesta Bowl? But what about the rest of that New Year's Six bowl lineup? The questions come later: After losing to Stanford, Notre Dame dropped all the way to 15, making a climb into the top 11 almost impossible. No. 13 Washington is also on the radar ahead of the Fighting Irish.

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