The playoff picture cleared up after a weekend where several contenders asserted themselves.
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. 3 LSU lost to No. 1 Alabama.
The rest of the top 10 includes No. 6 Oklahoma, followed by No. 7 LSU, No. 8 Washington State, No. 9 West Virginia and No. 10 Ohio State.
Of course, since the committee loves to give credit for losses, could one of those teams actually move up ahead of a team who has done their job and won all their games against real teams (sorry, UCF - you still don't county) - and if we're going to give credit for losses, why isn't FSU football getting more love (sarcasm, of course). All three of the Bulldogs' losses occurred to teams in the current top 15, including two on the road. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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West Virginia and Ohio State round out the top 10.
With four weeks left in the season, nine of the top 10 teams are serious contenders. With a loss to ACC Atlantic rival Boston College on Saturday, Clemson would be at risk of being shut out of the conference title game.
Let's say that would happen and one-loss West Virginia beats Oklahoma on the final weekend of the regular season.
The only intrigue was which teams would fill out the other spots. During the past two games, Clemson has outscored its opponents 136-26 and should easily win out, setting up a possible playoff rematch against Alabama for the fourth consecutive season.
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. The only intrigue involving Alabama is whether the Tide could lose the SEC championship game, finish 12-1 and still get in? Not bad. To get to 11-1 and a Big 12 title could mean two victories over Oklahoma in consecutive weekends.