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07:20  10 november  2019
07:20  10 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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There's plenty of time to flesh out the final top 25, but there will definitely be movement in the Week 12 CFP rankings after No. 2 LSU beat No. 3 Alabama 46-41 and No. 4 Penn State fell to No. 17 Minnesota 31-26 on Saturday in a pair of 8-0 showdowns. There are three weeks left in the regular season, and 11 Power 5 teams remaining with one loss or fewer.

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College Football Playoff : Four to watch . 7. Auburn ( 5 -0). The Badgers should improve to 5 -0 with another home game against Kent State next. 9. Florida ( 5 -0). The Gators shut out Towson 38-0 to maintain their top-10 spot, and Kyle Trask hit 18 of 20 passes for 188 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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College Football Playoff: Four in

1. LSU (9-0)

The Tigers should take the No. 1 spot after a 46-41 victory against No. 3 Alabama. LSU now has four top-10 victories, and two of those were on the road in Texas and Alabama. Quarterback Joe Burrow took the lead in the Heisman Trophy race, and assuming the Tigers take care of business the last three weeks, Ed Orgeron will finally take this team to Atlanta for the SEC championship.

2. Ohio State (9-0)

The Buckeyes blew out Maryland 73-14 on Saturday, despite being down defensive end Chase Young, who reportedly faces a four-game suspension. Ohio State now has an incredible point differential of plus-382, meaning the Buckeyes are beating opponents by an average of 42.4 points per game. That might go up in Week 12 against Rutgers. Ohio State still looks like the most-complete team in the race.

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The 2019 college football season enters the last leg of the season after an exciting Week 9. Kansas State's 48-41 upset of Oklahoma shook up the College Football Playoff picture heading into November, even if the top four of Alabama, LSU, Ohio State and Clemson all kept their undefeated

View this message in English. Текущий язык просмотра YouTube: Русский. You're viewing YouTube in Russian. You can change this preference below. After the final full weekend of college football , we eliminate 2 more teams and lay out the playoff picture for the few teams that

3. Clemson (10-0)

Dabo Swinney can ease up on the rhetoric for now. The Tigers jumped out to a 42-0 halftime lead on N.C. State then coasted to a 55-10 blowout, clinching a fifth straight trip to the ACC championship game. Clemson continues to dominate its conference foes, and Trevor Lawrence has nine passing touchdowns to zero interceptions in the last three games. The Tigers have won 25 straight games heading into next week's matchup with Wake Forest, which lost 36-17 to Virginia Tech.

4. Georgia (8-1)

The Bulldogs might not be the No. 4 team in the country, but they're the last team to control their own destiny in both the divisional and Playoff races. Georgia took care of Missouri 27-0 on Saturday, and they get a profile game against two-loss Auburn next week. The Tigers routed the Bulldogs 40-17 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2017.

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College Football Playoff : Four to watch . 7. Notre Dame (1-0). The Irish had a bye week, and they did not lose any ground after a Monday night victory against Louisville. Now, Ian Book will look to be sharper in Week 3 against New Mexico before the next marquee top-10 showdown against Georgia

A look at the College Football Playoff picture heading into Week 5 , where Ohio State-Penn State is the focus. Dec. 2 — when the pairings are announced — will be here before you know it. With that mind, here are the four teams in, the first two out and four to watch heading into Week 5 .

College Football Playoff: First two out

5. Oregon (8-1)

The Ducks are in excellent position with three weeks left to sneak back into the Playoff. The committee liked Oregon in the initial rankings, and despite a season-opening loss to Auburn, this team is in position to snag a conference championship. One-loss arguments can be tricky, especially if it involves the second SEC team or a Big 12 conference champion. Oregon, however, can save the Pac-12 with a 12-1 record. They can leave no doubt.

6. Alabama (8-1)

The Crimson Tide aren't dead yet. No, their loss is not as bad as Georgia's, but Alabama has the disadvantage of no longer controlling its destiny in the SEC West. They also are going to have to win big in their final three games. The Iron Bowl provides a chance to win a game against a common opponent (against which Oregon lost), and that could be one of many strands the Crimson Tide use to get back in the mix. For now, they pay the price for losing at home.

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College Football Playoff: Five to watch

7. Oklahoma (8-1)

The Sooners might be forgiven for the 48-41 loss to Kansas State after all. Alabama's loss to LSU helps, but Oklahoma had to hold off a furious comeback from Iowa State in a 42-41 victory over the Cyclones. The Sooners get the prime-time stage with a trip to undefeated Baylor in Week 12, and the goal for Lincoln Riley's team will be to stay as visible as possible the last month of the season.

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College Football Playoff : Four to watch . 7. Notre Dame (1-0). The Irish had a bye week, and they did not lose any ground after a Monday night victory against Louisville. Now, Ian Book will look to be sharper in Week 3 against New Mexico before the next marquee top-10 showdown against Georgia

The College Football Playoff race figures to heat up over the next two weeks, even if the chalk remains at the top. 2 — when the final pairings are announced — and that will be here before you know it. With that mind, here are the four teams in, the first two out and four to watch heading into

8. Minnesota (9-0)

"Row the Boat," indeed. Minnesota proved its worth in the Big Ten with a 31-26 victory against No. 4 Penn State. The Gophers maintained a two-game lead in the Big Ten West with three games left in the season; win two of three against No. 18 Iowa, Northwestern and No. 13 Wisconsin, and a trip to Indianapolis awaits. Minnesota still would likely need to go undefeated to make the Playoff. That might seem unlikely, but who had the Gophers beating the Nittany Lions?

9. Baylor (9-0)

The Bears are not going away just yet. Baylor beat TCU 29-23 in triple overtime, and Charlie Brewer (195 yards, two touchdowns, one interception), made the clutch throws when needed against the Horned Frogs. Baylor has won four conference games by six points or fewer, and it can prove its worth against Oklahoma at home in primetime. If Fleck isn't the Coach of the Year, then maybe it's Matt Rhule.

10. Penn State (8-1)

This might be unfair to Utah, which is a one-loss team with an easier path to its conference championship game. The Nittany Lions are coming off a 31-26 loss at Minnesota, but they can atone for that by beating Ohio State on the road on Nov. 23 and winning the Big Ten East. There is no margin for error left for Penn State.

11. Utah (8-1)

The Utes also had a bye week, and the Playoff committee could rank them a touch higher than Baylor or Penn State. The difference with us? We think the Bears and Nittany Lions are in if they win out. We don't feel the same about Utah at this point, given the loss at USC earlier this season. That said, Utah is still in the mix and can make this happen, especially if it meets a one-loss Oregon team in the conference title game.

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LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron celebrates midfield with his players following the Tigers 46-41win over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 9, 2019. 

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