Hurricanes drop out of top 4 in College Football Playoff poll

Nov 30, 2017, 12:54
Hurricanes drop out of top 4 in College Football Playoff poll

Clemson (11-1) was the No. 1 team in Tuesday's latest playoff rankings.

The Crimson Tide is coming off a 26-14 loss at Auburn on Saturday.

The debate between what to do with a two-loss Ohio State with the Big Ten championship is one that has been brought up for a few weeks now. They were able to go to the top after previously number one Alabama lost to Auburn over the weekend.

Alabama's chances of making the playoff seem bleak at the moment, but crazier things have happened in college football.

Oklahoma and Wisconsin control their own playoff destiny, but the same can't be said for their conference championship opponents. Those two losses hold Ohio State back against Alabama even though the Buckeyes would have two wins against top 10 teams while Alabama's best win will be against an LSU team hovering in the middle of the top 25 at best.

Does the committee hate UCF, the American Athletic Conference and Group of Five teams in general? Oklahoma and Wisconsin round out the top four. Auburn would become the first two-loss team to play in the playoff but that would be because they beat two teams ranked No. 1 by the committee in November, and a second win against a Georgia team the committee rightfully respects as much as they do is a nice final push into the playoff should Auburn win.

Alabama coach Nick Saban made the case for the Crimson Tide to still make the College Football Playoff, but Alabama will need some chaos to slide into the final four. There are not enough earths in the multiverse to comprehend a world in which an undefeated Big Ten champion would not be included in a four-team College Football Playoff, no matter what you think about Wisconsin (and by the way, they're pretty good).

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Looks like it, especially if Auburn wins the SEC, but it likely will require a loss by either Wisconsin or Oklahoma. Alabama: Needs a little help while it watches from home this week 6.

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). Auburn (10-2) is number two and Oklahoma (11-1) is third. Alabama easily has the best loss compared to Miami and Ohio State. Penn State (10-2), 10. The Big 12 and ACC were the only other conferences to record multiple championships with two apiece.

Can Clemson lose to Miami and get in?

That ranking prompted this tweet from UCF athletic director Danny White: "You've got to be kidding me!" Oklahoma has won seven straight and moved up to No. 3. Probably Cotton Bowl for them or maybe Fiesta if Stanford wins the Pac-12. It has three wins over ranked teams, and could lose one this week if SC drops out, but might gain one if Louisville (8-4) enters.

Clemson would go to New Orleans because, as the No. 1 team, it would get the most favorable geographic position.

The next highest-ranked team available is No. 6 Georgia, which makes sense for the nearby Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

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