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Kirk Herbstreit explains how Alabama can still make the Playoff

Kirk Herbstreit explains how Alabama can still make the Playoff

Wisconsin (12-0), 5. Alabama (11-1), 6.

The Tigers (11-1) are coming off a 34-10 win over rival SC.

Alabama coach Nick Saban made the case for the Crimson Tide to still make the College Football Playoff, but Alabama will need some chaos to slide into the final four. Auburn now 10-2 on the season is playing the best football in the nation and has beaten two No. 1 teams in the last 21 days.

Alabama vs. Ohio State: Who would deserve fourth playoff spot? If Ohio State defeats Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, could the Buckeyes possibly move up from No. 8 to No. 4? Georgia's only loss is to Auburn and now the Bulldogs get another shot at Auburn this Saturday in the SEC Championship game.

A two-loss Auburn is two spots ahead of undefeated Wisconsin.

. Alabama's nine Power Five victims are 53-54 this season, set against numbers such as that of Clemson (a marvelous 67-39), Auburn (54-30, with just seven Power Five victims but two top-tier ones in Georgia and Alabama), Oklahoma (57-51) and Georgia (57-49). 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.

The basic theme of this weekend's conference championship games? Miami (FL), Clemson's opponent in the ACC Championship game this Saturday in Charlotte, is ranked seventh with a 10-1 record.

The third-ranked Sooners will be locked in a rematch for their conference title game as Oklahoma will face TCU for the Big 12 championship. They're followed by Oklahoma and Wisconsin as the other two teams would be in if the playoffs began today.

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At No. 2, Auburn makes its debut in the top four after knocking off its second top-ranked team of the season. Should the eighth-ranked Buckeyes win, they could provide their own compelling argument for a spot in the semifinals. Ohio State would own a conference championship, but Oklahoma decisively beat the Buckeyes in Columbus on September 9.

Where it gets unclear is No. 11 TCU (10-2), No. 13 Washington (10-2) and maybe No. 15 Notre Dame (9-3).

Also keep in mind that Clemson beat Auburn on September 9, too, and they would have the same records if Clemson lost to Miami and Auburn beat Georgia. Southern California (10-2), 11.

Those games appear to be win-and-you're-in situations. The Trojans and Frogs have similar resumes now, and a win over No. 3 Oklahoma might give TCU more ammunition to make a jump.

Clemson would go to New Orleans because, as the No. 1 team, it would get the most favorable geographic position.


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