Michigan up to 4th in CFP behind Alabama, Clemson, ND

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No.1 Alabama is projected to face off with No.4 MI while No.2 Clemson is projected to face off with No. 3 Notre Dame. If by some chance the Crimson Tide miraculously lose a game, they, too, may still be in the playoff.

They will win out and get themselves a College Football Playoff spot with a Big 12 Championship.

If the season ended Tuesday, Alabama and MI would meet in the Cotton Bowl, and Clemson and Notre Dame would play in the Orange Bowl. Boston College could be tricky this weekend, but Clemson is a heavy favorite and is likely to remain unbeaten.

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Facing a home game against a two-win Louisville team, the no. 2 Clemson Tigers proceeded to completely decimate the Cardinals in a 77-16 win.

Check back after three more regular season games and the SEC championship tilt with No. 1 Alabama for the final rankings that matter for the Bulldogs. MI has outscored all three 101-27, with just rival Ohio State left to complete the Wolverines' push for redemption.

Simple: Win out, get in. If Clemson and Notre Dame are unbeaten, it's possible that MI would get left out.

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The Wolverines trounced Penn State 42-7 and moved up from the No. 5 spot after then-No. When you throw that into how Ohio State has played of late and the Buckeyes going on the road, this stinks to high heavens for the group coming out of Columbus. One loss and MI is out, right?

Oklahoma enters this week with the nation's best offense, led by Heisman Trophy candidate Kyler Murray. The Sooners must survive the Bedlam game this weekend. The last time the Pac-12 had only two ranked teams was October 16, 2016. The Knights just need to keep winning and hope they're given a shot by the committee at the end of the season. The most realistic scenario to put Mike Leach's Washington State team in the playoff involves Big Ten and Big 12 implosions. LSU played Miami to open the season while Washington's toughest non-Pac-12 opponent this season is Wyoming. But the Tigers also have two losses.

First, let's take a look at teams still mathematically in the discussion heading into Week 11 of the 2018 season by conference.

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West Virginia, which leapfrogged the Cougars in the AP poll, came in at No. 9 in the CFP rankings.