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We have a new number one! For the first time since the final week of our 2015 poll, Alabama is not the number one team in our poll this week. Congratulations to the University of Georgia for dethroning their conference foes in the highly regarded OSR College Football Playoff Poll.
The Bulldogs will have a big test weekend as they’re on the road to face off with Auburn, the tenth-ranked team in our poll this week. With the Iron Bowl still a few weeks away, Auburn could be looking at two huge wins to catapult themselves into the playoffs.
It’s going to be another busy Saturday of big games and the highlight of the weekend will likely come during primetime when Miami host Notre Dame. If Notre Dame can win out, they appear to a sure lock for the playoff, but that’s not necessarily the case for Miami. A win over the Irish would obviously be huge for the Hurricanes and set them up to face Clemson in the ACC Championship to determine which team will represent the conference in the playoff. The other primetime game to keep an eye on will be TCU at Oklahoma. This is an interesting matchup because both teams are currently outside the top four and need teams in front of them to lose in the coming weeks if the Big 12 wants representation in the playoff.
A game that might be getting overlooked in terms of playoff implications is the Ohio State vs. Michigan State game that kicks off at noon from Columbus. Both teams rank in the top 15, but both are sitting on two losses and really just playing for the right to represent the Big Ten East in the title game. If MSU beats Ohio State in The Shoe and then takes care of business against Maryland and Rutgers, they set themselves up to face a (likely) undefeated Wisconsin team for the Big 10 title. The winner of that game could find themselves grabbing a playoff spot, but it would likely require some teams in front to lose a game or two.
1. Georgia (9-0): “Georgia became the first team in a Power Five conference to clinch its division when it knocked off South Carolina to win the SEC East. As of now, UGA’s September win at Notre Dame is the most impressive win of all playoff contenders. This weekend’s date at Auburn is a chance to prove that the Dawgs’ win was no fluke and to shore up Georgia’s status as an elite team this year.” –Mikey Valacer
2. Alabama (9-0): “What can be said about Alabama that hasn’t been said in the past few years? They have one of, if not the best, defense in the country and their offense plays well enough for them to continue winning games. The issue this year has been their rather weak schedule, but that’s hard to control when they schedule out seasons five-six years in advance. Luckily for the Tide, they still play Auburn and Georgia. Wins over those teams would confirm what we already know, which is that Alabama is clearly the class of college football.” –Neil Brown
3. Notre Dame (8-1): “Seeming to be a trend for the top three teams, Notre Dame did not look incredible defensively, giving up 37 points to Wake Forest, but they put up 48 and offensively are still looking better than we’ve seen Notre Dame in a long time. They have what is likely their biggest matchup this week with Miami and it’s make it or break it for Notre Dame.” –Justin Wagner
4. Clemson (8-1): “Clemson had a bit of a scare against NC State. The first half didn’t look like a team ready for the playoffs. Luckily for the Tigers, they came back looking strong in the second half. Clemson continues to make a case for one of the top 4 best teams in college football.” –John Pearson
5. Wisconsin (9-0): “In a strange turn of events, the Badgers appear to be the class of the B1G. If they handle their business and win the B1G Title, they'll likely to make the playoff. They're date is in their hands though.” –Matt Shock
t6. Miami (8-0): “Miami is in a great position to worm their way into the playoff. If they win out, they'll benefit from the loss of either Alabama or Clemson and they're in.” –Matt Shock
t6. Oklahoma (8-1): “The Sooners’ big win in Bedlam boosts their profile a lot, but Iowa State losing was almost of equal importance to OU. With that loss, only Oklahoma and TCU have one loss in Big XII play. If Oklahoma wins, they control the Big XII. A loss, however, could knock Oklahoma out of both the playoff race and the Big XII title game. Given TCU’s defense is probably the best in the Big Ten, this outcome is not unlikely.” –Mikey Valacer
8. TCU (8-1): “The Horned Frogs took care of Texas and now have a much more competitive opponent on their plate. TCU will have to rely on their passing defense to show up this week against Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma; we know TCU can stop the run but will they be able to prevent Oklahoma’s passing from raking up big numbers. If so, they may just edge this one out, but that is much easier said than done.” –John Pearson
9. Washington (8-1): “Washington absolutely dominated Oregon this week for their second straight win post-Arizona State loss. Washington has a good chance to make a statement on the back end of their schedule with Stanford, Utah, and Washington State left.” –Justin Wagner
10. Auburn (7-2): “I was watching Auburn play at Texas A&M last weekend and for a second it looked like the Aggies might actually make a game of things. But the Tigers scored twice in the final two minutes of the first half and then again twice to open the second frame to turn a 13-7 deficit into a 35-13 lead. Arguably the most attractive two-loss team in college football, Auburn could really mess things up with wins over Georgia this weekend and against Alabama in the regular season finale.” –Neil Brown