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11 in playoff rankings

11 in playoff rankings

We're going to get this out of the way from the jump: The Michigan State Spartans are not a good football team - or at least not as good as their 18th spot in the latest rankings would have you believe.

Mississippi State, Alabama's opponent this week, is ranked No. 16. Figure the ones with conference championships will have the edge. The Michigan Wolverines moved up to #4 while the Ohio State Buckeyes stayed still at #10 after their narrow win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Simple: Win out, get in. Two-loss teams that don't have a chance at conference championships don't have that luxury. Oh, and beat Alabama.

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Alabama and Georgia, who played in last year's College Football Playoff Championship in Atlanta, are headed for a rematch at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1 in the SEC title game.

Oklahoma should be able to take care of business at home the next two weekends against in-state rival Oklahoma State and last-place Kansas, which leaves the showdown at West Virginia (7-1, 5-1) the day after Thanksgiving as the defining game of the Sooners' season. The Mountaineers do have a victory against Tennessee on a neutral field. The Tigers slid to No. 7 after getting shut out by No. 1 Alabama in Baton Rouge last week. We're talking about a team that's 6-3, one that literally needed its athletic director to publicly go on the record Tuesday that they won't be firing their coach this season. Boston College could be tricky this weekend, but Clemson is a heavy favorite and is likely to remain unbeaten.

"Strong offense, struggling on defense", Mullens said.

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Utah State's only crime is that it's a Group of Five school, and if we start putting too many Group of Five schools in the CFP Rankings (there are two, compared to four in both the AP and Coaches Polls) then we might run the risk of giving teams like UCF too much credibility and leverage when it comes to how we rank them.

Athletic director Danny White and the Knights fans certainly don't want to hear this, but another ideal season probably won't even get UCF seriously considered for a spot in the semifinal - unless things get really weird.

Coming in at No.3 after firing back at Northwestern in the second half, with a 31-21 win is Notre Dame.

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