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College Football Playoff: 8 teams that aren't dead yet

01 Noviembre 2017, 03:01 | Gerardo Tarin

Nick Saban isn't interested in College Football Playoff poll

JT Barrett and the defensive line came up big when Ohio State needed them the most

The Fighting Irish dropped a 20-19 decision to Georgia earlier in the year, but they have rolled over Michigan State, USC and North Carolina State. Two years ago, there were 11 unbeaten teams at this point, but by the end of the regular season only 1 remained.

They dismiss a 40-24 win at Ole Miss, a team with a self-imposed post-season bowl ban.

You must download the WatchESPN App, which is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play. So it's hard to put a ton of stock in a set of rankings that will change multiple times - for sometimes curious reasons - until the binding and final set on Dec. 3. "It was the two wins against top-25 CFP teams and, of course, the win over No. 3 Notre Dame that gave Georgia the slight edge this week". Ohio State must continue to win. Don't worry, though, because there's always next week's ranking to pick apart. Those two teams are out, however, and the Irish (7-1) and Tigers (7-1) are in. The argument can be made for and against Ohio State making the cut, with the Penn State victory being their biggest argument for. They went and got obliterated by the Mississippi State Bulldogs. We don't get a feel for that when Washington plays Rutgers or when Penn State plays Pitt.

The first College Football Playoff rankings will be released on Tuesday night and Alabama coach Nick Saban is hardly intrigued. Now, the Lions likely need OSU to lose twice down the stretch in order to win their second consecutive Big Ten title.

When the season first started, both the Seminoles and Clemson were ranked in the top five nationally and there was serious talk about the ACC sending BOTH teams to the system this year.

Should Georgia and Alabama win out, they'll face each other in Atlanta for the SEC title and the top spot in the rankings heading into the playoff. Their best non-conference win came against Lane Kiffin's Florida Atlantic Owls.

The committee emphasizes an admirable strength of schedule, and, in particular, a team's willingness to play a difficult out-of-conference schedule, even if the team does not have a 100 percent success rate.

Here's is how the College Football Playoff defines the key criteria. Up to this point the Bulldogs have a better resume with more impressive wins. We're good with that for now. The Hurricanes have been beating up bad teams and barely slipping past average opponents. With the Sooners looking a step behind where they were in September, they are a step behind the others in my book.

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