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Around CFB: Extending streak to 30 critical for Georgia's title defense
2 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Kirby Smart & Co. have won 29 straight, but should Alabama upend Georgia in Saturday's SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, there is no guarantee that the Bulldogs will receive a berth in this year's College Football Playoff.
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Around CFB: Does Travis' injury have the one-loss buzzards circling?
3 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis suffered a gruesome season-ending injury last week, and now, the Seminoles' path to remaining unbeaten has become more difficult. Should FSU falter this week or next, there will be a number of one-loss lobbying for a spot in the CFP.
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Around CFB: Oregon State's quest to end the Pac-12's playoff dreams
3 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Representation in the College Football Playoff, and perhaps winning a title, would be ideal for the Pac-12 before it inevitably disbands after suffering a mass exodus over the past year. Washington and Oregon have postseason potential. But the top 15 Beavers stand in their way.
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Around CFB: Michigan faces toughest test amid sign-stealing scandal
3 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Michigan currently finds itself clouded in controversy after details of its sign-stealing scheme emerged over the past few weeks. Billed as a top-five team and potential playoff participant, how will the Wolverines fare in their first true test of the season in Happy Valley?
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Around CFB: Defense detrimental to USC's chances in Pac-12 title race
3 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
With only one conference loss, technically, USC could still be a factor in the Pac-12 championship race, but with that defense, life will be hard for the Trojans. Given their defensive struggles, finishing 7-5 seems more likely for Lincoln Riley's team.
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Around CFB: Who will be disguised as playoff caliber on Halloween?
4 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Coincidentally, the first CFP rankings will be released next Tuesday on Halloween. There are currently six undefeated P5 squads and ten others with only one loss. Only four can make the postseason. As the season unfolds, those merely disguised as playoff caliber will be exposed.
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Around CFB: Washington's Michael Penix paces Heisman Trophy race
4 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
With the season ramping up and pressure intensifying, Washington's Michael Penix appears unphased as he continues to thrash opposing defenses with his lethal left arm. Currently leading the race for the Heisman Trophy, can Penix take the Huskies back to the CFB Playoff?
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Around CFB: Clarity about No. 10 USC's contender status is forthcoming
4 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Despite being ranked among the nation's top 10, there are still plenty of questions surrounding whether No. 10 USC is truly a national title contender. With the Trojans heading to South Bend this week, Saturday's game with No. 21 Notre Dame could reveal the answer.
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Around CFB: Terps remain only 'Power 5' unbeaten but unranked
4 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Maryland coach Mike Locksley may have been reaching into the future last summer when he declared his program was ready to compete for Big Ten championships. With the Terps now the only undefeated but unranked P5 squad, an upset over Ohio State could erase any doubts.
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Around CFB: National spotlight shines on Duke football, not basketball
4 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
College GameDay has historically only headed to Durham for one reason — Mike Krzyzewski and Blue Devils basketball. This time all eyes will be on Mike Elko and his squad on the gridiron looking for a 5-0 start to the season by taking down longtime rival Notre Dame on Saturday.
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Around CFB: Coach Prime's Buffs set for top-20 showdown with Oregon
5 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
A thrilling overtime win this past weekend has boosted Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes to 3-0 on the young season. No doubt "Primetime" is making enormous waves within the college football landscape, and all eyes will be on his team as they take on No. 10 Oregon.
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Around CFB: Uncertainty still shrouds number of ranked teams
5 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Despite being currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, questions still surround the legitimacy of some teams included in the poll. Is it too early to characterize a team through wins over lesser opponents? What happens when conference play begins? Only time will tell.
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Around CFB: Looking at who sizzled vs. fizzled from first full slate
5 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Deion Sanders and the now-ranked Colorado Buffaloes sizzled in Fort Worth while Clemson fizzled in a shocking loss to Duke. Full of surprising performances, Week 1 offered a complete look at teams taking the next step forward and others who are left scrambling for answers.
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Around CFB: Attempting to rename the 14-member Big 12 Conference
5 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
The ever-changing Big 12 Conference is currently a 14-team league, and despite losing Texas and Oklahoma after this year, it'll boast a membership of 16 in 2024. With the Big 12's landscape being a constantly moving target, perhaps it's time to rename the league.
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Around CFB: Trio of teams needing upsets to vulture playoff spots
1 yr ago by Olin Buchanan
With a quintet of Power 5 title games set for this weekend, Ohio State, Alabama and Tennessee are praying for upsets in the Big 12 and Pac-12 championship games. Should TCU or USC falter, it's likely that somebody will be preying on a "vultured" playoff spot.
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Around CFB: Magnitude of 'The Game' is higher than ever before
1 yr ago by Olin Buchanan
Saturday's showdown between No. 3 Michigan and No. 2 Ohio State poses higher stakes than ever for both sides. With both teams unbeaten, the latest bout in the storied border rivalry may reveal who clinches a coveted spot in the CFP in addition to deciding the Big Ten East.
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Around CFB: Playoff cases for six teams that could finish with one loss
1 yr ago by Olin Buchanan
With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, a number of one-loss teams are knocking on the door of the College Football Playoff. For teams like Clemson, North Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio State and USC, the playoff push is well underway.
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Around CFB: Oregon, USC & UCLA could get Pac-12 back into the CFP
1 yr ago by Olin Buchanan
With three one-loss teams sitting into the AP top ten, the Pac-12 is knocking on the door of the College Football Playoff. The conference has only made the field twice and has not sent a representative to the CFP since Washington was selected as the 4-seed in 2016-17.
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Around CFB: Notre Dame's chance to impact the playoff has arrived
1 yr ago by Olin Buchanan
No. 5 Clemson travels to South Bend for a Saturday night bout with Notre Dame, and for the first time maybe ever, both Ohio State and Michigan will likely be rooting for the Fighting Irish as the Golden Domers could leave their mark on the playoff field with an upset victory.
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Around CFB: Frogs' path to playoff likely requires an undefeated finish
1 yr ago by Olin Buchanan
TCU has not forgotten 2014, when the one-loss Horned Frogs were left out of the playoff field despite a No. 3 ranking in the penultimate CFP ranking. Sitting at 7-0 ahead of a trip to Morgantown, TCU's chances to finish undefeated and reach the playoff are still alive.
 
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