What to look for tonight in CFB Playoff Rankings

Kirk Herbstreit explains how Alabama can still make the Playoff

Clemson No. 1 in College Football Playoff Rankings

Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after his team scores a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Big Ten has a team in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings for the first time this season.

If Miami beats Clemson in the ACC Championship Game, would the Hurricanes jump all the way from No. 7 to No. 4? The video for the Big Ten Championship against Wisconsin was released Wednesday afternoon, and it definitely lives up to expectations.

Alabama coach Nick Saban made the case for the Crimson Tide to still make the College Football Playoff, but Alabama will need some chaos to slide into the final four.

All that could change with Auburn and Georgia playing Saturday for the SEC championship and Wisconsin and Ohio State playing Saturday for the Big 10 title.

Less fortunate was Central Florida (11-0).

The Pac-12 appears to be locked out of the playoff so it is a safe bet that the victor of its championship game between Stanford and Southern California (10-2) winds up in the Fiesta Bowl.

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Trojans have won 38 Pac-12 titles, by far the most in the conference, but none since 2008 before the league expanded from 10 to 12 teams. Ohio State would be coming off four straight wins and a highly-valued conference championship, but one of its two losses was an unexpected beatdown at the hands of a lesser team. Auburn looks guaranteed to be the first if the Tigers beat Georgia. Alabama's nine Power Five victims are 53-54 this season, set against numbers such as that of Clemson (a marvelous 67-39), Auburn (54-30, with just seven Power Five victims but two top-tier ones in Georgia and Alabama), Oklahoma (57-51) and Georgia (57-49). That's two wins better than Alabama's best win over No. 17 LSU. An 11-2 Pac-12 champion USC? Maybe Notre Dame could move up and in if some of its previous opponents play well this weekend.

Michigan State is 16th in the standings. The Huskies entered last week's Apple Cup ranked 17th, four spots behind rival Washington State, but Washington's decisive 41-14 victory lifted the Huskies to No. 13 and dropped the Cougars to No. 18.

The ACC and SEC are the only two games that appear to guarantee the champion will be going to the playoff regardless of the outcome.

Rose Bowl (CFP semifinal): No. 3 Oklahoma vs. That too would create a leapfrog risk for the Buckeyes as a conference champion jumping above the Tide at the end.

Ohio State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) is ranked number-8, up one spot from 9th last week. The goal for UCF is clear right now, because the victor of the AAC title game against Memphis will secure a New Year's Six bowl spot. The Sooners and Buckeyes would both be 11-2 with a loss to a top-10 team and a loss to a 7-5 team.

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