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There were no changes in the top five of the college football playoff ranking poll. This means that the Big Ten Championship game could determine which team will represent the Big Ten, in the College Football Playoff. Iowa stayed in the fourth posiition and will play number five Michigan State, in the Big Ten championship game. Ohio State looms at number six, but would need an enormous amount of help to defend its title.
Clemson remains the number one ranked team and will take on North Carolina, in the ACC championship game. Clemson has been the number one ranked team every week in the college football playoff ranking. North Carolina has won 11 straight games and will try to execute the biggest upset of the football season.
Alabama, ranked second, will battle with the Florida Gators, in the SEC championship game. The lone blemish, for Alabama, was a 43-37 loss to Ole Miss. Florida was destroyed by Florida State last week, 27-2, dashing any hopes of making the playoff.
Oklahoma occupies the thrid position and is idle during conference championship week. The Big 12 does not have a conference championship. By not playing, this could secure a spot in the playoff. Should Michigan State win, that could propel them to fourth but probably not over Oklahoma. Ohio State is ranked sixth, but is also idle. The worst case scenario is an Iowa win which could possibly move Oklahoma to fourth, should Clemson and Alabama win. The best case would be losses by both Clemson and Alabama. This could propel Oklahoma to a number one spot without playing.
With four conferences occuping positions in the top four, the NCAA could not have asked for a better end to the season. Should the favorites win, the playoff will have representation from the SEC, ACC, Big 12, and Big Ten. This could cause a debate on how teams are selected for the Championship