Four Teams Likely Control Their Playoff Destiny After Rivalry Weekend

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College football saw another set of upsets on Saturday to close the regular season and bring into focus which teams may be in the top four College Football Playoff rankings.

Following losses at No. 2 Ohio State, No. 5 LSU and No. 8 Clemson, it is clear that four teams have control over their CFP destiny: Georgia , TCU, USC, and Michigan.

Georgia (12-0) may not even have to defeat LSU (9-3) in the SEC championship game next Saturday in Atlanta to clinch a spot in the Playoff after the defending champs were rarely challenged during the regular season, but the No. The No. 1 seed should be at stake.

Michigan (12-0), who defeated Ohio State convincingly in “The Game” on Saturday, will be in with a win against Purdue (8-4) in the Big Ten championship, which would give the Wolverines back-to-back CFP berths.

TCU (12-0) dismantled Iowa State on Saturday to complete its undefeated regular season and set up a matchup against Kansas State (9-3) in the Big 12 championship. The Horned Frogs would be one of the four coveted teams.

With the losses by LSU, Ohio State, and No. 6 USC (11-1) will move up in the penultimate CFP rankings next week after defeating Notre Dame, 38-27. They’ll face either Oregon or Utah in the Pac-12 championship, depending on the result of Washington-Washington St. late Saturday. The Trojans will face Washington if Washington wins. This would give them an opportunity to win their only loss of the season, and advance to the Playoff under Lincoln Riley’s leadership.

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