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Badgers climb into College Football Playoff field

Badgers climb into College Football Playoff field

Michigan State landed at No. 16 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, released Tuesday.

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? A list of Ohio State's radio affiliates can be found here. Good chance that's an SEC team this season with Auburn, Alabama and Georgia all sitting in the top six.

In the past few days, the college football world has been buzzing about a number of topics regarding the coaching carousel. That combined with an Ohio State win over Wisconsin would make it tough for the committee to hold out Alabama. And this week, we have quite a lineup on the college football calendar with conference championship week upon us.

The Crimson Tide (11-1) fell to No. 5 after suffering their first loss of the season.

"If all goes as planned with Clemson and Oklahoma winning, you take the victor of the SEC over Alabama and then if Wisconsin wins you have to take a conference champion". Let's look at the Tide's likely positions and what each will mean. Alabama's nine Power Five victims are 53-54 this season, set against numbers such as that of Clemson (a marvelous 67-39), Auburn (54-30, with just seven Power Five victims but two top-tier ones in Georgia and Alabama), Oklahoma (57-51) and Georgia (57-49).

The Badgers ranked 9th in the first College Football playoff rankings.

In 2016, this Oklahoma team would be in the playoff, no questions asked.

The Big 12 and Big Ten championship games are responsible for potential chaos. Auburn (10-2), 3. Oklahoma (11-1), 4. In the No. 6 slot, Alabama could be jumped by an Ohio State win and a Georgia win.

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The rest of the top 10 consists of No. 7 Miami (11-1), No. 8 Ohio State (10-2), No. 9 Penn State (10-2) and No. 10 Southern Cal (10-2). The Sooners and Buckeyes would both be 11-2 with a loss to a top-10 team and a loss to a 7-5 team.

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

Three quick steals, one by Mahoney and two by Jonathan Dalton led to an Isaiah Gable layup, a Justin Carpenter dunk and a Daniel Simmons three-point play and Southeast Missouri State was up 61-46 with 10 minutes left.

That ranking prompted this tweet from UCF athletic director Danny White: "You've got to be kidding me!"

If Oklahoma wins, it's in.

The Big Ten serves up the most interesting situation because of the team involved.

The Knights just beat South Florida, which had only one loss, but they're 14 in the playoff rankings. Georgia checked in at No. 6. Teams on the verge of winning 11 games like Miami and Ohio State also have ugly losses with the Hurricanes recently losing to Pittsburgh and Ohio State losing to Iowa.


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