Daily Trends Now
Daily Trends Now


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.

follow

editors' picks

November 28, 2017
What to Know About Meghan Markle's Affordable, Yet Chic Engagement Coat
Markle is extremely focused on philanthropic efforts, much like Harry's late mother Princess Diana. The pair were introduced in July 2016 by mutual friends in London, Markle confirmed in September.

November 27, 2017
Teenage fugitive sought in death of grandmother found buried in backyard
Jackson Sheriff's Office Director Ron Ledvay said they are searching for Logan to question him about his grandmother's death. His mother, Carrie Campbell-Mott told First Coast News her son has had some trouble adjusting since moving onto high school.

November 25, 2017
India expresses outrage over Hafiz Saeed's imminent release
The LeT chief had been produced before the review board by Pakistan's Punjab government on 21 November. Intelligence Bureau officials say that with Saeed walking free, the cadres would be motivated.

November 25, 2017
LA's pre-Thanksgiving heatwave breaks two records set in 1950
In Burbank (88 degrees), Camarillo (92 degrees) and Oxnard (91 degrees), records that had been set in 1950 were all shattered. Temperatures soared into the 90s across a large swath of Southern California in an autumn heat wave that peaked Wednesday.

November 24, 2017
Google secretly tracks people even after they've explicitly told it to stop
Maybe what we really need is a rethinking of how these terms of services are presented - less legalese and more plain English. A spokesman added: 'We never incorporated Cell ID into our network sync system, so that data was immediately discarded '.

November 23, 2017
Patel reservation agreed to, will support Congress, says Hardik
Solanki is alleged to have played spoil-sport to the pact between the two outfits. Later in the night, he informed that the rally has been cancelled.

November 22, 2017
Hariri to visit Egypt, expected return to Lebanon on Wednesday
The Shiite militant group is a key member of Hariri's ruling coalition and Lebanon's single most dominant force. Aoun has called Hariri a Saudi hostage and refused to accept his resignation unless he returns to Lebanon.

November 21, 2017
'President' Rahul Gandhi: Congress' highest decision-making body passes resolution
Congress yesterday announced an election date for its top post in what is considered a mere formality for promoting Mr Gandhi, 47. The former Union minister, however, said his promotion would not lead to the party's old guard getting "thrown by the wayside".

November 20, 2017
Donald Trump Says He Should Have Left UCLA Players Jailed In China
LaVar Ball told ESPN that while he was pleased with how the situation in China was handled, he feels like it was overblown. In actual college basketball news, Ball, Hill and Riley have been indefinitely suspended from the team .

November 17, 2017
Al Franken apologizes for sexual misconduct, calls for investigation
Tweeden wrote in a column on Tuesday that Franken forcefully kissed her and groped her without permission in 2006 . Franken apologized Thursday but says he remembers the skit rehearsal differently, per the Hill .