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Pretty much as expected with the release of the college football playoff rankings. Some will quibble about Miami’s rankings vs. Clemson’s, but there’s still a game between them to determine the winner so I’m not worried there. Also, if we are going to let Ohio State creep back into the conversation potentially then we need to do the same with USC.

Here are the numbers to consider:

(* = Top 50 win potential)

1) Alabama 10-0

SOS: 49

Top 50 wins: Fresno State (42), @ Texas A&M (43), LSU (31), @ Miss State (15)

Remaining Games: Mercer, @ Auburn*, SEC Title Game*

2) Clemson 9-1

SOS: 7

Top 50 Wins: Auburn (9), Louisville (44), BC (37), @ VT (16), Wake (29), @ NC State (26)

Losses: Syracuse (65)

Remaining Games: Citadel, @ South Carolina*, ACC Title Game*

3) Miami 9-0

SOS: 39

Top 50 Wins: Toledo (47), Georgia Tech (24), Virginia Tech (16), Notre Dame (8)

Remaining Games: UVA, @ Pitt, ACC Title Game*

(Will only play 11 regular season games due to lost game vs. ASU)

4) Oklahoma 9-1

SOS: 25

Top 50 Wins: @ Ohio St (11), Texas (41), @ Oklahoma State (13), TCU (12) (lost two top 50 wins with Kansas St and Texas Tech falling out)

Losses: Iowa State (33)

Remaining Games: @ Kansas, West Virginia*, Big 12 Title Game*

5) Wisconsin 10-0

SOS: 59

Top 50 Wins: Northwestern (23), @ Iowa (18) (Lost Maryland as a top 50 win…FAU getting close)

Remaining Games: Michigan*, @ Minnesota, B10 Title Game*

6) Auburn 8-2

SOS: 23

Top 50 Wins: Miss St (15), @ Texas A&M (43), Georgia (7)

Losses: @ Clemson (2), @ LSU (31)

Remaining Games: UL-Monroe, Alabama*, SEC Title Game*

7) Georgia 9-1

SOS: 47

Top 50 wins: @ Notre Dame (8), Mississippi State (15), South Carolina (39)

Losses: @ Auburn (9)

Remaining Games: Kentucky, @ Georgia Tech*, SEC Title Game*

On outside looking in.

9) Ohio State 8-2

SOS: 13

Record vs. Top 50: 2-2

Remaining Games: Illinois, @ Michigan*, B10 Title game*

11) USC 9-2

SOS: 14

Record vs. top 50: 4-2

Remaining Games: UCLA, P12 Title Game*

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