The Top 5 Heading Into The Weekend

The Top 5 Heading Into The Weekend

A two-loss team making the playoff is seeming like a more realistic possibility all the time.

We're going to have some more chaos down the stretch.

Alabama is the No. 2 team in the rankings. Jalen Hurts delivered another clutch drive, however, and Alabama should work out some kinks against Mercer before an Iron Bowl that will decide the SEC West.

Miami and Clemson are now destined to meet in the ACC Championship game.

That's another quality victory for the Sooners. With an O-line like the Fighting Irish, it's no wonder their rushing attack led by running back Josh Adams, who averages eight yards a carry this season and their quarterback Brandon Wimbush, who has 639 rushing yards, is ranked third nationally in the running game. 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.

This is how the rankings will look this week.

Remember, Ohio State got in previous year as a one-loss non-champ over two-loss Big Ten champ Penn State. If you're not familiar with it, you probably might want to look up the background.

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But what matters is that we're talking about a two-loss conference champion in the playoff mix.

But go ahead and talk about the playoff again.

Contenders: No team received more help from the chaos more than the Buckeyes, who throttled Michigan State 48-3 and watched five teams ranked ahead of them lose. Speaking of Michigan, Wisconsin gets that College GameDay spotlight this week.

Oklahoma is in if it wins its final two regular-season games and prevails in the Big 12 Championship. Only a superhuman performance from Jameis Winston in the BCS Championship game kept Auburn from the title in 2013. The Sooners feel like the last team standing in this conference. Washington could beat Washington State and USC and still not reach the playoff because of losses to Arizona State and Stanford. Since being held to 58 yards rushing in a 20-19 nail-biting loss to Hurricanes coach Mark Richt's former team, the aforementioned Georgia Bulldogs, Notre Dame has run all over every team they've faced.

Georgia and Auburn will square off at 3:30 p.m. That would be one of the more impressive late-season runs in recent memory. How much losing has to take place before UCF is even considered at this point?

5 position in the Playoff rankings is prime real estate at this stage of the process, but there are still big games to be played and plenty of time for things to change before the rankings become final on December 3. Don't rule it out.

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