It will be an interesting finish to the year, and the field of four teams is sure to be hotly debated when the time comes.
The College Football Playoff race was thrown into flux Saturday when No. 1 Alabama lost to No. 6 Auburn likely leaving the Crimson Tide on the outside looking in entering conference championship Saturday.
Georgia (11-1) - Playing for your conference championship will always gain more points with me.
If UM loses on Saturday, then Clemson would be in the playoff, and UM nearly assuredly would be the next highest-ranked ACC team (ahead of Virginia Tech and North Carolina State) and thus OB-bound. The Top 25 will be unveiled, including the four teams projected to reach the 2017 College Football Playoff.
Clemson and Oklahoma, the No. 3 and No. 4 teams last week, appear poised to claim the top two spots in one order or the other after commanding wins over SC and West Virginia, respectively.
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They can not afford to lose any more ground at least until they face the league-leaders themselves at home in two weeks' time. Manchester United are expected to rotate their squad a bit after making seven changes each in the last two games.
The Tide have spent the season as the AP's No. 1-ranked team (not that polls are supposed to matter to the committee), but they've also been the CFP committee's top team in two sets of rankings.
The thing that is hurting the Crimson Tide is their resume.
No one wants to play Auburn at the moment.
Since taking a beating in Iowa City, Iowa, on November 4, the Ohio State Buckeyes have clawed back into the playoff discussion with convincing wins over Michigan State, Illinois and Michigan. They have only beat one opponent that is now ranked in the AP top 25. Urban Meyer or Nick Saban? Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia also have a chance to break into the Top 4. And Miami, which ascended to No. 2 in the committee's rankings last week, will fall after losing at Pittsburgh.
And if Ohio State beats Wisconsin and Auburn beats Georgia, the highest-ranked non-playoff team from those conferences would probably be a toss-up among Georgia, Wisconsin and Alabama.