Here's a complete look at the top 10 in the College Football Playoff rankings entering this weekend. With Ohio State and Penn State both suffering shock losses in Week 10, it's anyone's guess who will surface as contenders or pretenders in the coming month. Who are the four most deserving teams as of right now? Considering what's on tap this Saturday, you might want to clear your schedule and clear some spots on the couch for your buddies. Now, with Alabama and Auburn meeting in the regular season, and the victor then meeting Georgia in the conference title game, figure the SEC for one playoff spot. Auburn is a team that's hard to figure out but might be the best 7-2 team that no one is talking about. ClemsonKelly Bryant's health lends enough confidence in the Tigers offense to score 24 points a week and that may be all they need to win out, including in the conference title game versus Miami.
Four years later, however, the roles are reversed.
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. After destroying Notre Dame to remain undefeated, Miami has outscored back-to-back Top 15 opponents 69-18 this month. But its early-season Auburn win looks that much better now following the Tigers' rout of 9-0 Georgia. But Auburn's defense will have their hands full against the Bulldogs' running game led by two senior running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Another lose could all but eliminate them from playoff contention.
The college football regular season is in its final stretch, and this weekend's slate of games could provide some clarity in the race for the College Football Playoff. The Hurricanes, for their part, have yet to lose and have done what they can to show the Committee they deserve a ticket to Atlanta come New Years'.
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.
The matchup itself is nearly as exciting as the implications it holds.
Miami has the nation's longest winning streak at 13 games, and has not lost since falling to Notre Dame last season. The Huskies face No. 14 UCF, the No. 1 scoring team in the country (48.5 points per game) and averaging 325.5 yards passing per game.
This game is a can't miss. The Sooners feel like the last team standing in this conference.