CFP top 4 unchanged before big weekend

That would potentially create a four-team pileup of two-loss Big Ten teams in Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin and even Nebraska.

No. 1 Alabama (11-0), No. 2 Ohio State (10-1), No. 3 MI (10-1), No. 4 Clemson (10-1), No. 5 Washington (10-1) and UW, which closes the regular season at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against visiting Minnesota.

Games remaining: Saturday vs. MI (10-1); potentially December 3 Big Ten championship game vs. TBD.

The Buffs have the chance to play two more ranked teams in the next two weeks. Starting this week and every Tuesday night we will break down the rankings 5 teams at a time to fill that empty space in your normal Tuesday night MACtion.

Other teams moved up a spot from last week, with No. 6 Wisconsin (9-2), No. 7 Penn State (9-2), No. 8 Oklahoma (9-2), No. 9 Colorado (9-2) and No. 10 Oklahoma State (9-2) rounding out the top 10.

USC (8-3 overall) is the highest-ranked three-loss team. In that scenario, have to think Big Ten champ AND Ohio State will make it to CFP.

This weekend brings Michigan's trip to Ohio State, and with it a reshaping of the postseason picture. The Big Ten hasn't released its schedule past 2019.

There are two more polls to be released, November 29 and the final poll on December 4. Right behind them at 23 is the Washington State Cougars who only dropped 1 spot after losing to Colorado and Stanford held firm at 24th. With two more wins, the Badgers will likely jump either Ohio State or MI by process of elimination, if not both. The Buckeyes play No. 3 MI (10-1) on Saturday.

The Sooners enter the Bedlam showdown with a ideal 8-0 conference record - they are 9-2 overall with losses to Houston and Ohio State - and the Cowboys have just one loss in eight conference games. Will the Buckeyes prove to be too strong once again and notch their 12th win in their last 13 matchups? The Crimson Tide are dominant on defense - No. 2 in scoring defense giving up 11.4 points a game and No. 1 in total defense giving up 254.6 yards a game. Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State fill out the remainder of the first 7 teams. Alabama remained secure in top spot garnering a 90 percent probability of making it to the playoffs.

Injured defensive tackle Malik McDowell, who did not play last week against Ohio State, was left off the depth chart Tuesday, as he was last week. MI 4. Clemson 5. The Sooners still sit behind four Big Ten teams, and while they can add a win over No. 10 Oklahoma State, plus a Big 12 title, they're going to need some help to continue to make up ground.

Fair enough. But what happens if Penn State wins the Big Ten East (which happens if the Nittany Lions beat Michigan State and Ohio State beats Michigan this weekend) and then the Big Ten championship? The Buffs just need to beat Utah on Saturday and they are in the Pac-12 Championship game.

Before a possible conference title game, and a chance to perhaps reach the College Football Playoff, is the work of playing Michigan State, senior defensive end Evan Schwan said. The committee frequently cites "top-25 wins", and thus their tumbles deprived Alabama of two top-25 wins and did some damage to some other resumes.

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