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Alabama football fans will watch closely tonight as the Playoff Committee releases its next to last rankings.

Clemson took over the No. 1 spot in the rankings released on Tuesday.

Also keep in mind that Clemson beat Auburn on September 9, too, and they would have the same records if Clemson lost to Miami and Auburn beat Georgia. A list of Ohio State's radio affiliates can be found here.

Putting Alabama in fifth place might have been a sign that if any of the teams above it goes down this weekend, coach Nick Saban has his team right back in the College Football Playoff picture.

That is all that stands between Wisconsin and a berth in the College Football Playoff. The next best result for the Tide would be a Wisconsin loss to Ohio State. Auburn lost to No. 1 Clemson and No. 17 LSU on the road, but it owns double-digit wins over No. 5 Alabama and No. 6 Georgia that are far superior to anything that Wisconsin has accomplished. Those three wins - plus a conference championship - would all be better than anything that current No. 5 Alabama has accomplished. Would that be enough to drop the defending national champions all the way out of the top four? The Big 12 championship game could join that group if the selection committee's rankings on Tuesday night elevate TCU into the top 10 as the AP top 25 did this week. The Tigers are viewed as a more complete team than Oklahoma, they beat Auburn and the committee has partially excused the loss to Syracuse because of the injury to QB Kelly Bryant. It is the highest ranking for Clemson in the poll that will determine the Final Four teams for the College Football Playoff since the last ranking of the 2015 season.

Most pundits envision, as a top four heading into this weekend's conference championships, Clemson (11-1), Oklahoma (11-1), Wisconsin (12-0) and Auburn (10-2). "Alabama needs help. They need Oklahoma or Wisconsin to lose and then they could get in".

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 Big 12 and Big Ten championship games are responsible for potential chaos.

Clemson, Auburn move into the top two

If Ohio State and/or TCU win, then the final spot - or spots - gets tricky.

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. It is important to remember that the committee's protocol states when teams are similar conference titles should be used as essentially a tiebreaker.

The possibility of Clemson losing to Miami but getting into the playoff anyway is on the table.

If TCU beats Oklahoma for the Big 12 championship it is unlikely the Horned Frogs can jump all the way into the top four, but both the Frogs and Sooners would get New Year's Six spots. Oklahoma State (9-3), 20.

Maybe they were just words and not a warning.

Peach Bowl: No. 6 Georgia vs.

"They've won 11 games".


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