College Football Rivalry Week

Florida Gators' New Year's Six bowl chances look better in latest College Football Playoff rankings

The Georgia Bulldogs also control their own destiny, as a win over Alabama in the SEC championship game seals their fate in the College Football Playoff. Well, at least the part that really matters is exactly the same.

The Sooners have made the College Football Playoff in two out of the last three seasons and were just one possession away from winning a playoff semifinal previous year in a double-overtime loss to Georgia. Only Clemson (6) has won more.

- Clemson (11-0) after the Tigers beat SC . An 11-1 Notre Dame squad would likely be ahead of a 12-1 Washington State, but maybe not in front of 12-1 Oklahoma.

Even if the Sooners manage to beat back-to-back ranked opponents in the final two weeks of the season they will still need help above them to have a chance to be one of the final four teams, likely meaning a Notre Dame loss to USC and/or a MI loss to Ohio State or in the Big 10 Championship game. Should Texas win again, the Big 12 likely would be eliminated from consideration because the Longhorns have three losses.

That would leave Clemson 12-1, with a loss to Pitt - the team UCF crushed. The Buckeyes easily look like the weakest one-loss Power 5 conference team, and the committee agreed this week by moving UCF head of them. Ohio State is slightly above the FBS average in defensive efficiency (48th at 61.2 entering Saturday), while Oklahoma is 90th at 42.1.

NCAA Rivalry games Thanksgiving weekend
BamaInsider.com - Alabama remains No. 1 in fourth College Football Playoff Rankings of 2018

The complete rankings are below. Georgia 6. Oklahoma 7.

Some huge games highlight the rivalry week college football card, but many teams are not in the conference or CFB playoff championship chase.

"We spent considerable time talking about UCF and Ohio State", committee chair Rob Mullens told ESPN on Tuesday night.

David Pollack explains why UCF is finally getting credit as it jumps over Ohio State in the top 10 and how Washington State can climb the rankings.

The final week of the regular season has spelled disaster for Alabama in 2013, Baylor in 2015 and Mississippi State in 2014 when it seemed like their national championship hopes were stripped away in the final weekend of the season.

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