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Bowl projections: Ohio State barely beats TCU, Baylor for playoff spot — Alabama and Oregon left no doubt about their inclusion with impressive victories to win conference championship games. Florida State did what it has done all year: Play well enough to stay unbeaten. That makes three easy choices for the College Football Playoff. That leaves three teams for one spot.

Bowl projections: TCU controls playoff fate ahead of Ohio State, Baylor — The College Football Playoff committee has spoken and it's clear TCU will be in the final four if the Horned Frogs can post an impressive win against Iowa State. The move of TCU to third in this week's ranking ahead of Florida State will make it hard for Ohio State or Baylor to pass the Frogs if the top four teams all win.

Bowl projections: Ohio State still has slight playoff edge — Alabama and Oregon held serve, while Florida State again survived a close call. That leaves just one playoff spot up for grabs between Ohio State, TCU and Baylor. Not much changed for this trio last week with both the Buckeyes and Bears starting fast and struggling late in wins at home as the Horned Frogs had the week off.

College football's Week 13 winners and losers — Bowl eligibility seemed like a long shot for Arkansas when it was 4-5 and had three ranked opponents left on the schedule. The Razorbacks defense had other ideas. One week after blanking LSU, Arkansas locked up Mississippi and Bo Wallace, holding the Rebels scoreless and forcing six turnovers including an interception return for a touchdown.

Bowl projections: Ohio State in position for final playoff spot — The biggest revelation of the latest College Football Playoff rankings wasn't the move of Alabama to No. 1. It was the rise of Ohio State past Baylor into the sixth spot. That adjustment opens the door for the Buckeyes to claim the final playoff spot if they win out.

Bowl projections: Alabama falls out; Baylor moves in to College Football Playoff — First things first. Bowl projections attempts to predict how the College Football Playoff committee will choose its teams. It is not an indication of which teams SHOULD be in the playoff. Alabama survived LSU last weekend, but asking the Crimson Tide to come back and beat Mississippi State and Auburn and likely Georgia in the SEC title game is too much.

College football winners and losers for Week 11 — No. 10 Baylor had never won in Norman, Okla. And the Bears' last defeat of a ranked opponent on the road came in 1991. Baylor erased both of those blemishes by pounding Oklahoma. After trailing early, the Bears scored the final 45 points in a 48-14 victory.

Bowl projections: TCU grabs place away from second SEC team — How crazy has the first two months of the season been? TCU was an afterthought during preseason talk about the College Football Playoff. The Horned Frogs have a great opportunity to make the field with a defeat of Kansas State this week.

Bowl projections: Names change, but SEC still has two playoff teams — Mississippi may have lost to LSU, but the SEC's road to the College Football Playoff still runs through Oxford. The Rebels will play Auburn and Mississippi State at home with a trip to Arkansas sandwiched in between those two games. Three wins puts Ole Miss in Atlanta for a likely meeting with Georgia.

Bowl projections: Mississippi makes its move into playoff — Another weekend of change in college football has caused adjustments to this week's bowl projections. After an impressive win at Texas A&M, Mississippi has the inside track on the SEC West with both Auburn and Mississippi State coming to Oxford next month.
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