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Badgers climb into College Football Playoff field

Badgers climb into College Football Playoff field

It will be a rematch of a game handedly won by Auburn just a few weeks ago, but the victor is practically guaranteed to get one of the four available spots in this year's College Football Playoff. The Sooners have wins over No. 8 Ohio State, No. 11 TCU and No. 19 Oklahoma State, but the committee has been reluctant to show the Sooners - and their mediocre defense - total respect, clearly preferring Clemson ... and now a two-loss Auburn.

The Crimson Tide (11-1) fell to No. 5 after suffering their first loss of the season. From there, an ironclad top seven fills with Alabama (11-1), Georgia (11-1) and Miami (Fla.) (10-1). 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).

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

The final rankings are set to be revealed at 11 a.m. Sunday on ESPN.

Do the Crimson Tide sit in prime position if any of those things happen to move right back into the top four - possibly the only team to not win its division or play in a conference title game to make the Final Four? The series was dominated by the SEC as the conference racked up nine National Championships in that time frame. For just the second time in the history of the AP poll, there will be four games matching top-10 teams in one regular-season weekend.




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. Meanwhile, Baker Mayfield & Co. boast victories against Ohio State, Oklahoma State and TCU and a not-as-bad loss to Iowa State. Ohio State would be coming off four straight wins and a highly-valued conference championship, but one of its two losses was an unexpected beatdown at the hands of a lesser team. One of the reasons the Buckeyes made the field past year but Big Ten-champion Penn State did not was a blowout loss for the Nittany Lions. Now, they'd both get a shot.

A win on Saturday would likely vault either the Trojans or Horned Frogs over Penn State. Southern California (10-2), 11. Probably Cotton Bowl for them or maybe Fiesta if Stanford wins the Pac-12. The goal for UCF is clear right now, because the victor of the AAC title game against Memphis will secure a New Year's Six bowl spot. First off, the No. 1 team gets to play in the national semifinal closer to home, which means any East Coast No. 2 team has to haul itself to Pasadena, Calif., to play in the Rose Bowl. LSU (9-3), 18. Washington State (9-3), 19.

Orange Bowl: No. 7 Miami vs.

The Spartans also came in at No. 16 last week before beating Rutgers over the weekend.

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