Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

The Top 5 Heading Into The Weekend

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While Alabama will likely move up to the top spot in the new set of rankings, is defending champion Clemson better than a red-hot Baker Mayfield and a seemingly unstoppable Oklahoma Sooners offense, that is clicking on all cylinders?

Another wild weekend in college football will ultimately turn the playoff rankings inside out come Tuesday night.

Blowout losses suffered by two of the top three teams in the country have shaken up the playoff picture as the dust settles on Week 11. But about the game, this is the Hurricanes' chance to prove to the doubters and committee that Miami should be in the playoff hunt. Now, the challenge for Mark Richt will be not to lose focus the next two weeks against Virginia and Pittsburgh. If you're not watching this game right at 8 P.M., choosing instead to start with the matchup in South Beach, you'll have changed the channel soon enough. Given that measurement criteria, OU would be No. 4 behind Georgia (83 percent), Alabama (70 percent) and Clemson (62 percent). Speaking of Michigan, Wisconsin gets that College GameDay spotlight this week. The Sooners are probably looking at a TCU rematch in the Big 12 title game, but figure them for one playoff spot. Only a superhuman performance from Jameis Winston in the BCS Championship game kept Auburn from the title in 2013. Notre Dame has struggled mightily down the stretch in their last few seasons but this team is playing with an edge that few Irish teams have had of recent.

What about deserving one and two loss teams such as the Horned Frogs, Buckeyes, USC Trojans?

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Miami has the nation's longest winning streak at 13 games, and has not lost since falling to Notre Dame last season.

Contenders: It's a three-horse race, and an intriguing one at that.

There were a couple of interesting ranked matchups in the SEC as well, headlined by No. 10 Auburn hosting No. 2 Georgia, per the AP Poll. Though the Bulldogs remain one of the country's five undefeated programs and sit atop the College Football Playoff rankings, not everyone is sold on their strength of schedule, a problem rarely faced by an SEC football program this late in the season. How much losing has to take place before UCF is even considered at this point? The last time the Fighting Irish and Hurricanes played when both were ranked in the top-10 was 1990. Don't rule it out.

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