LSU stays ranked in College Football Playoff poll after loss at Alabama

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It wouldn't be a stretch for the selection committee to keep the Badgers out of the playoff if other top teams keep winning, according to Herbstreit.

That's a possibility college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit discussed during the College Football Playoff rankings show on ESPN.

The top five were the same this week with Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson occupying the playoff spots. Behind seventh-ranked Miami and eighth-ranked Wisconsin: No. 9 Washington (8-1) and No. 10 Auburn (7-2). Georgia has already won the SEC East. Alabama is in the driver's seat to win the SEC West. Miami leads in the ACC Coastal.

Central Florida is still penciled in at No. 18 and controls their own destiny to represent the Group of 5 conferences in the New Year's Six bowl games.

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Holding the fifth spot again this week is Oklahoma (8-1).

TCU sits at No. 6 coming off a dominating performance against Texas. Fate would have it that TCU meets Oklahoma in Norman on Saturday night in a huge primetime spot on FOX. Ohio State dropped to No. 13 after getting beat by 31 points by Iowa this past Saturday. The College Football Playoff selection committee ranked the Tigers No. 10. The pairings for the four-team national championship playoff are not determined until the final CFP rankings come out on December 3. How could you not appreciate the coaching job Matt Campbell is doing in Ames? That placed Michigan State one slot ahead of the team it will play this week (at Ohio State), and two ahead of the team it just defeated, Penn State, which fell from No. 7 to No. 14.

Still, the question remains: Could Wisconsin go undefeated, win the Big Ten title and still get held out of the top four?