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Badgers climb into College Football Playoff field

Badgers climb into College Football Playoff field

Thanksgiving weekend was not kind to teams atop the College Football Playoff rankings.

Clemson took over the No. 1 spot in the rankings released on Tuesday. Alabama, as expected, fell after getting knocked off by rival Auburn 26-14. A list of Ohio State's radio affiliates can be found here. If they do so, they will become the 20th program to land in the top four in the playoff era, with Alabama having done it 20 times and Clemson 16. With conference title hardware on its side this year, Ohio State would be able to make a strong case. And this week, we have quite a lineup on the college football calendar with conference championship week upon us.

"This group has earned the right to have the opportunity to play in the Big Ten championship", he said. For just the second time in the history of the AP poll, there will be four games matching top-10 teams in one regular-season weekend.

Wisconsin may be undefeated, but at No. 4 with only one win over a top-25 team (Northwestern), it's not going to get into the playoff even at 11-1. The Crimson Tide's resume has no wins against teams now in the top 15 and it is done playing, but the Buckeyes have two losses by double digits, including a 31-point blowout at Iowa. Just win, baby. That should go without saying entering the conference championship games, but with playoff spots on the line in four of the five power conferences and each team winning its conference feeling it has an argument to make for playoff consideration, we have ourselves the best conference championship weekend of the young College Football Playoff era. If Georgia downs Auburn in the SEC championship, would the Bulldogs jump over Alabama?

At the top of the CFP rankings are No. 1 Clemson (11-1), No. 2 Auburn (10-2), No. 3 Oklahoma (11-1) and No. 4 Wisconsin (12-0).

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At this point, Alabama needs chaos on championship Saturday. Meanwhile, Baker Mayfield & Co. boast victories against Ohio State, Oklahoma State and TCU and a not-as-bad loss to Iowa State.

The rest of the top 10 consists of No. 7 Miami (11-1), No. 8 Ohio State (10-2), No. 9 Penn State (10-2) and No. 10 Southern Cal (10-2). In the Big 12, a win by Oklahoma over TCU would essentially clinch a playoff spot for the Sooners. The Tigers won't get in over the Hurricanes, but if Wisconsin or Oklahoma loses, Clemson could be part of the conversation with Alabama and/or Ohio State.

Rose Bowl (CFP semifinal): No. 3 Oklahoma vs.

Clemson would go to New Orleans because, as the No. 1 team, it would get the most favorable geographic position. The Badgers have played through the criticism and set the stage for their entry to the playoff under one simple condition; win and they're in.

The next highest-ranked team available is No. 6 Georgia, which makes sense for the nearby Peach Bowl in Atlanta.


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