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SEC has field day in our mock College Football Playoff

SEC has field day in our mock College Football Playoff.

We get our first glimpse of the first College Football Playoff rankings when they are released Tuesday. Until then, here is a glimpse of our top four teams heading in Week 10 of play:

Florida State

The Buzz: The Seminoles were off this week as they prepare for a Thursday night showdown on the road at Louisville. Outside of the Clemson and Notre Dame wins, this game is probably the last big challenge facing FSU this season. So as much as style points aren’t considered part of the new College Football Playoff criteria, Jimbo Fisher’s team needs to make a huge impression for the 12-member selection committee. As the only game on television Thursday night, all eyes will be on Florida State so the ‘Noles need to make it count.

Mississippi State

The Buzz: Mississippi State and Florida State remain the only undefeated teams in the Power 5 conferences and therefore the top two teams in the rankings. The Bulldogs have three wins over ranked opponents so far this season and are No. 1 in both the Associated Press and coaches’ top 25 polls. It’s hard to argue against their body of work and with games against Alabama and Ole Miss still on the schedule, it’s more than likely Dan Mullen’s team will find a way into the top spot here.

Alabama

The Buzz: Alabama moves up to the third spot after Ole Miss lost to LSU this weekend. The Crimson Tide have one of the most difficult schedules ahead of them with matchups with LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn. If Nick Saban’s team can maneuver their way to finish with wins in all three of those games, they could find themselves in the top two of the new playoff. Another loss and it’s going to be awful hard for ‘Bama to find its way back into one of the semifinal games.

Auburn

The Buzz: Auburn is in a similar situation as Alabama as the Tigers  have matchups with Ole Miss, Georgia and the Tide still on the schedule. All three foes are ranked in the top 10 and wins over all three would go far in Gus Malzahn’s team laying claim to one of the top three spots. And like their rivals, a loss would more than likely drop them out of contention – making a possible return to the national championship game difficult. 

 

 

Matt Murschel can be reached at mmurschel@orlandosentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter at @osmattmurschel.

 

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