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It’s the release of the last playoff rankings before the end of the regular season and there’s still some question as to who should get one of those four coveted spots. To me, it’s relatively simple as the ACC and SEC winners are in as well as Oklahoma and Wisconsin should they take care of business. There are some lurkers with Alabama and Ohio State rooting for some chaos. Here are the major numbers I use when I decide whom I think should get to move on. I use the Sagarin ratings for my sheet.

1) Clemson 10-1

SOS: 11

Top 50 Record: 8-0 (Auburn, @Louisville, BC, @ Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, @ NC State, Florida State, @ South Carolina)

Losses: Syracuse (70)

Remaining Games: Miami

2) Auburn 10-2

SOS: 32

Top 50 Record: 3-2 (Mississippi State, Georgia, Alabama)

Losses: @ Clemson (1), @ LSU (28)

Remaining Games: Georgia*

3) Oklahoma 11-1

SOS: 39

Top 50 Record: 7-1 (@ Ohio State, Texas, @ Kansas State, @ Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, West Virginia)

Losses: Iowa State (36)

Remaining Games: TCU*

4) Wisconsin 12-0

SOS: 61

Top 50 Record: 3-0 (Northwestern, Iowa, Michigan)

Remaining Games: Ohio State*

5) Alabama 11-1

SOS: 60

Top 50 Record: 3-1 (Florida State, LSU, @ Mississippi State)

Loss: @ Auburn (6)

Remaining Games: None

6) Georgia 11-1

SOS: 58

Top 50 Record: 4-1 (@ Notre Dame, Mississippi State, South Carolina, @ Georgia Tech)

Losses: @ Auburn (4)

Remaining Games: Auburn*

7) Miami 10-1

SOS: 42

Top 50 Record: 4-0 (Toledo, @ FSU, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame)

Loss: @ Pittsburgh (62)

Remaining Games: Clemson*

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

8) Ohio State 10-2

SOS: 31

Record vs. Top 50: 3-2

Remaining Games: Wisconsin*

10) USC 10-2

SOS: 21

Record vs. top 50: 6-2 (Stanford, Texas, Utah, @ Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA)

Remaining Games: Stanford*

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