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No drama at the top, but maybe some at No. 5. Predicting the College Football Playoff rankings

As promised, the College Football Playoff chase has nearly been decided on the field.

With just one weekend left before the end of the regular season, the selection committee will be able to write in an obvious top four in Tuesday’s rankings. Michigan’s win against Ohio State opened up a spot for Southern California, which can secure an unexpected playoff bid by beating Utah for the Pac-12 championship.

There is a surprisingly small amount of debate at the top of the rankings, matching the small number of games remaining on the schedule.

As one example, Ohio State is likely to land at No. 5 due to the Buckeyes’ status as one of just five Bowl Subdivision teams with one or zero losses. There’s no reason to think Alabama won’t land at No. 6, moving up one to replace LSU.

And so on down the line. Even if the committee might decide to try something different outside the top six or seven, the top grouping of teams speaks to the refreshingly obvious playoff race with one Saturday left before the postseason.

In advance of Tuesday night’s rankings, here’s how the top 10 should look:

1. Georgia (12-0)

Beating LSU would make Kirby Smart the fourth coach in program history to win multiple SEC championships, joining Mark Richt, Vince Dooley and Wally Butts. Smart is 1-3 in the title game, beating Auburn in 2017 but losing to Alabama in 2018, LSU in 2019 and Alabama again last season.

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2. Michigan (12-0)

If not quite as certain as Georgia’s chances, the Wolverines could very likely lose to Purdue in the Big Ten championship game and still make the top four. Is…


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