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College Football Playoff Chaos! Who's In, Who's Out Following Upset-Filled Week

College Football Playoff Chaos! Who's In, Who's Out Following Upset-Filled Week

Top-ranked Georgia meets No. 10 Auburn, third-ranked Notre Dame faces Richt's seventh-ranked Miami team and No. 5 Oklahoma meets No. 6 TCU on one of the biggest Saturdays of the 2017 season. Through this season's second edition of the rankings, with all the teams thus far on the outside looking in, the Big 10-leading Wisconsin Badgers look to the be the leading underdog to make the College Football Playoff this December.

Georgia. It isn't so much that the Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1 SEC) fell for the first time this season.

But there's an even easier possibility to conceive of in the wake of Auburn's 40-17 drubbing of Georgia.

Auburn, with wins in its final two regular-season games and in the SEC Championship game over Georgia, will get in.

But what matters is that we're talking about a two-loss conference champion in the playoff mix.

After a close and hard-fought game against Mississippi State, Alabama remains at No. 1.

Notre Dame has been a dominant team most of the season, with its only loss coming to No. 1 Georgia by a point early in the season. A loss down the stretch - especially to Miami on Saturday - would probably eliminate the Irish. The loser is out of the playoff, while the victor nearly surely is in the Big 12 title game - the two schools could meet again there regardless of who wins Saturday. With a win, Georgia could also potentially maintain the #1 spot in the rankings the rest of the way, though an SEC title game matchup with #2 Alabama would most likely be on the cards. However, they'd still have to sweat out Selection Sunday. No. 9 Washington can't clinch the North but a win over Stanford Friday night and a loss by Washington State at Utah would give the Huskies the opportunity to lock up that division before playing the Cougars in the Apple Cup.

TCU (8-1): The Horned Frogs are in basically the same boat as Oklahoma, whom they play on Saturday. They'll have the chance to knock off two of the current Top 4, facing Notre Dame this weekend and then likely Clemson in the ACC championship game. The Big Ten East still has some sorting to do, but the victor of No. 13 Michigan State at No. 11 Ohio State is in command.

As the debate rages on, it will center on strength of schedule for undefeated teams like Miami and Wisconsin, and how the one-loss teams have rebounded, not to mention the "quality" of those losses. Could the SEC champ, ACC champ, Big 12 champ and Notre Dame all stay ahead of a 13-0 Badgers team? However, they will have room in their schedule to rise as others fall. Even with road losses to Clemson and Louisiana State, they could be semifinal material. Fifteen Power 5 teams with two losses or fewer could say they're in the hunt. They have a chance for a 10-win campaign that would nearly certainly result in a New Year's Six bowl invitation, but their playoff hopes are have likely gone by the boards.

Notre Dame has played a hard schedule and has quality wins over USC, North Carolina State and Michigan State.