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Sport Week 9 College Football Playoff Picture: Four in, two out and four to watch

07:55  20 october  2019
07:55  20 october  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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We are little more than two weeks away from the first College Football Playoff rankings – which will be released Tuesday, Nov. 8 – and that playoff picture is starting to form given the number of unbeaten and one-loss teams left in the race.

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College Football Playoff: Four in

1. Alabama (7-0)

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2. LSU (7-0)

The Tigers took care of business at Mississippi State, and Joe Burrow added 327 yards and four touchdowns to the first-half totals that made him a midseason All-American. LSU moves on to face SEC West rival Auburn at Tiger Stadium, and that is the last big hurdle before the Nov. 9 throwdown against Alabama. The Tigers and Crimson Tide produced the last regular-season Game of the Century in 2011.

3. Ohio State (7-0)

The Buckeyes routed Northwestern 52-3 on the road Friday. Ohio State has a plus-292 mark in point differential — meaning the Buckeyes are beating teams by an average of more than 40 points per game. None of that matters heading into top-10 showdown against Wisconsin on Saturday. This might be the first of two meetings between the schools, and Ohio State has won the last six matchups.

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4. Clemson (7-0)

Despite the overreaction to two more Trevor Lawrence interceptions, the Tigers mowed down Louisville 45-10. The defense continues to dominate ACC competition, and Clemson will continue to gain confidence with each week. The Tigers have no room for error, and they played like they knew that Saturday. Boston College visits Death Valley this week.

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5. Oklahoma (7-0)

The Sooners disposed of West Virginia in a 52-14 snoozer where the most drama was created by the Sooner Schooner crashing. Fortunately, no people — or horses — were injured. Oklahoma continued to click on offense. Jalen Hurts passed for 316 yards, rushed for 75 yards and totaled five touchdowns in a routine blowout. Oklahoma travels to Kansas State to close out the October slate before its second bye week.

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6. Penn State (7-0)

The Nittany Lions jumped out to a 21-0 lead in an impactful 28-21 victory against Michigan, and Wisconsin's loss to Illinois means this team is the best bet to challenge Ohio State for the Big Ten championship. Penn State must focus on this week's matchup at Michigan State first, in what could be another defensive battle. James Franklin is 1-4 against the Spartans.

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College Football Playoff: Four to watch

7. Georgia (6-1)

The Bulldogs' first-half hangover against Kentucky wasn't pretty, but D'Andre Swift turned it on with 179 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jake Fromm had just 35 yards passing, however, and that's not going to cut it against after the bye week.

8. Florida (7-1)

The Gators maintained their spot in the SEC East race with a 38-27 victory against South Carolina. Kyle Trask passed for 200 yards and four touchdowns, and Florida remains gets a bye week before the Nov. 2 showdown with Georgia. That will determine whether the Gators stay on this list.

9. Notre Dame (5-1)

The Irish come off their second bye of the season, and Michigan might be the only ranked team they play in the second half of the season. Notre Dame has committed just four turnovers and has outscored opponents on points after turnovers by a 70-6 margin. That is a winning recipe heading for another rivalry showdown in the Big House.

10. Oregon (6-1)

The Pac-12 isn't dead when it comes to the Playoff after all. We know Auburn beat Oregon head to head, but the Ducks have a much easier path than the Tigers to get back in the mix. Oregon has control of the Pac-12 North after a thrilling 35-31 victory against Washington. The Ducks must avoid a letdown against Washington State.

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