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The end of the college football season is near, and the true contenders are weeding out the pretenders. Alabama likely ended LSU’s playoff hopes with a slow yet decisive beatdown on the bayou. West Virginia likely ended Texas’ hopes of winning the Big XII, thanks to Dana Holgorsen and Will Grier’s cojones late in the fourth quarter. Therein lies the biggest takeaway from this week: if there are a lot of one-loss or undefeated teams from Power Five conferences, it’s because those teams have yet to play each other. Georgia and Alabama booked their tickets to the SEC title game this weekend. Michigan ends the regular season at Ohio State. Oklahoma and West Virginia still have to play each other, and may have a rematch in the conference title game. Furthermore, rivalries are coming. Can Oklahoma survive up-and-down Oklahoma State? Can Auburn beat either of its most hated rivals, Georgia or Alabama? Will Notre Dame win at USC for the first time since 2012? Many of the hypothetical debates posed by these rankings will be resolved organically. There is so much room for chaos that nothing is certain. Except for Bama.
Voters: John Bray, Neil Brown, Shawn Digity, John Pearson, Matthew Ruskan, Michael Valacer, Justin Wagner