Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma, Wisconsin are playoff top 4

Kirk Herbstreit explains how Alabama can still make the Playoff

Wisconsin may be undefeated, but at No. 4 with only one win over a top-25 team (Northwestern), it's not going to get into the playoff even at 11-1. Auburn would become the first two-loss team to play in the playoff but that would be because they beat two teams ranked No. 1 by the committee in November, and a second win against a Georgia team the committee rightfully respects as much as they do is a nice final push into the playoff should Auburn win.

The Tigers (11-1) are coming off a 34-10 win over rival SC.

Following the 26-14 pummeling it took at Auburn last Saturday, how far might Alabama descend from its familiar home at No. 1, where it has resided for a mind-boggling 52 percent of the rankings across four years?

This marks the 17th consecutive College Football Playoff ranking that Clemson has been in the top four, the only team in the nation that can make that claim. Auburn now 10-2 on the season is playing the best football in the nation and has beaten two No. 1 teams in the last 21 days. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more. The Big 12 championship game could join that group if the selection committee's rankings on Tuesday night elevate TCU into the top 10 as the AP top 25 did this week. The video for the Big Ten Championship against Wisconsin was released Wednesday afternoon, and it definitely lives up to expectations.

Again, there's one team in the top seven that doesn't play: No. 5 Alabama.

Auburn (No. 2) and Georgia (No. 6) will play in the SEC Championship Game this weekend where the victor will likely make the Playoff.

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Clemson also will face Miami for the ACC title and Oklahoma faces No. 11 TCU for the Big 12 title.

But what if Ohio State wins? Auburn advanced to the SEC Championship Game to face Georgia, while Alabama must await its postseason fate.

Two ACC teams in the playoff puts the next highest-ranked team from that conference in the Orange Bowl. And this week, we have quite a lineup on the college football calendar with conference championship week upon us. The committee can not pass over a team ranked, let's say, 11th to take a team ranked 13th because the 13th-ranked team is a more appealing draw with a bigger fanbase. LSU (9-3), 18. Washington State (9-3), 19.

"They just worry about the next game".

Yes, the Crimson Tide, who lost by 12 points at Auburn last weekend, sit in prime position to move back into the Final Four if certain things happen this weekend. Southern California (10-2), 11.

The Orange Bowl is guaranteed the ACC champion, but with projected champion Clemson in a semifinal, it would choose the next highest-ranked ACC team, which is No. 7 Miami. Remember, both teams are 11-1 right now. Maybe Notre Dame could move up and in if some of its previous opponents play well this weekend. The Trojans and Frogs have similar resumes now, and a win over No. 3 Oklahoma might give TCU more ammunition to make a jump.

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