11 in playoff rankings

Doug Mendoza
November 9, 2018

Georgia, which secured a spot in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama with a win over Kentucky during weekend, moves up a spot to No. 5 in this week's rankings. Whether you're looking for value in a big line or wanting to get in on the action for a tight game, be sure to check out the top Week 11 college football picks and predictions from SportsLine's proven computer model.

OSU'S PATH: A 12-1 record, with a win over MI and a Big Ten championship, does not guarantee a spot in the playoff for Ohio State. Still, LSU has had a very good season and belongs in the top ten. "Their two losses come against No. 1 Alabama, on the road to Florida".

Texas (6-3, 4-2) and Iowa State (5-3, 4-2), who own wins over OU and West Virginia, respectively, are not yet out of Big 12 contention with two losses, but the Sooners and Mountaineers clearly have the inside track with three games to go.

Listen, I know that when it comes to the bottom of the rankings, it's hard to find worthy teams, but it's much more difficult to look at this Auburn team and deem it as one of the 25 best in the country. The only intrigue involving Alabama is whether the Tide could lose the SEC championship game, finish 12-1 and still get in?

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It was even Groundhog Day for No. 8 Washington State, which remains the Pac-12's only one-loss and highest-ranked team, and UCF, which remained status quo at No. 12. Not so fast. Take a quick glance at the rankings and notice how many highly ranked teams still have to play each other.

Seven teams ranked ahead of Syracuse lost this week, including four within the 10-20 rankings, who each suffered their third loss of the season. If one of them wins the Big 12 with one loss, OSU's chances at making the playoff are diminished significantly.

Obviously, the defense of Ohio State is a concern after the team struggled to contain two-win Nebraska despite a bye week to prepare for Scott Frost's offense.

The Buckeyes found out last season that getting hammered by a team that finished the regular season 7-5 is deal-breaker with the committee when it comes time to make a tough choice. Not awful. To get to 11-1 and a Big 12 title could mean two victories over Oklahoma in consecutive weekends. Boston College 18. Michigan State 19. UCF gave up a bunch of yards to Temple last week and stayed at No. 12 behind Kentucky, which was dominated by Georgia. Also, Georgia and Alabama host No. 24 Auburn and No. 16 Mississippi State.

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