Playoff top 4 might not stay as is

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The Tigers (11-1) are coming off a 34-10 win over rival SC.

On Tuesday night, the selection committee released its final incomplete top 25 of the season, with necessary reshuffling after last week's top two teams, Alabama and Miami, lost. In this case that will probably be the loser of the conference title game between Clemson and Miami.

Alabama fell from No. 1 to fifth in the new rankings Tuesday night after losing to Auburn, and Georgia was sixth. The video for the Big Ten Championship against Wisconsin was released Wednesday afternoon, and it definitely lives up to expectations.

Nick Saban and Alabama have not been ranked outside the playoff top four since November 8, 2014. But if the Sooners win, it's better to have Ohio State win the Big Ten championship and dare the committee to leap them from No. 8 to No. 4.

Less fortunate was Central Florida (11-0). The Pac-12 is not going to get a team in the playoff, and with the Rose Bowl reserved as a semifinal game, the Pac-12 champ has to go somewhere else; the Fiesta Bowl feels like the best fit to me.

Knights fans might be further nervous about the speculation that coach Scott Frost will return to his alma mater, Nebraska, as the Cornhuskers' next head coach.

Let's take a look at the top 25.

The only thing the other potential two-loss contenders, such as Ohio State, TCU or Southern California, would have on Clemson is a conference title. The Tigers are viewed as a more complete team than Oklahoma, they beat Auburn and the committee has partially excused the loss to Syracuse because of the injury to QB Kelly Bryant.

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J.T. Barrett has a chance to win another Silver Football, the award given by the Chicago Tribune to the Big Ten's best player. If TCU and Stanford lose, that could be recipe for getting Washington into the New Year's Six.

No. 10 USC and No. 11 TCU are still hoping to be a part of the conversation.

. Ohio State would own a conference championship, but Oklahoma decisively beat the Buckeyes in Columbus on September 9. Penn State (10-2), 10.

Those games appear to be win-and-you're-in situations.

"The Selection Committee had questions as to are they as balanced of a team as some others that are ranked just above them, and we analyzed their schedule, have they really been tested on the defensive side of the ball this year, and if so, by who, and based on that conversation, we ranked them in that 14th spot this week", Hocutt said.

Clemson (11-1), the defending national champion, moves up to No. 1 in this week's rankings.

The Orange Bowl matches the top non-playoff team from the ACC against the top non-playoff team from the Big Ten, SEC and Notre Dame.

Orange Bowl: No. 7 Miami vs.

Peach Bowl: No. 6 Georgia vs.

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