The Top 5 Heading Into The Weekend

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Oklahoma could take a giant step toward punching its ticket to two 2017 championship events with a win on Saturday night against Big 12 co-leader TCU, the team immediately behind the Sooners in the College Football Playoff Week 2 rankings. The Sooners' trio of wins against Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and TCU is the most impressive of any team. The undefeated Hurricanes have been slowly working their way up the various college football rankings - be they AP Top 25, Coaches Poll or College Football Playoff Rankings - but no one seemed ready to sign off on this year's group as being anything more than being a threat in the ACC Coastal Division and "one year away" from something really special. They absolutely dominated 8-1 Notre Dame, shutting down the Irish's previously powerful rushing attack and forcing four more turnovers. But about the game, this is the Hurricanes' chance to prove to the doubters and committee that Miami should be in the playoff hunt. If you want to put Wisconsin in this spot, that's fine, too. If they win that, they'll face the Bulldogs again in the SEC title game. We don't think a two-ACC playoff is possible, but for the time being these are the best four teams in the country. Alabama's next trip is in two weeks ... to Auburn. But its early-season Auburn win looks that much better now following the Tigers' rout of 9-0 Georgia.

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5 position in the Playoff rankings is prime real estate at this stage of the process, but there are still big games to be played and plenty of time for things to change before the rankings become final on December 3. The Trojans have the best chance of the bunch, but it's a thin chance given their loss to Notre Dame. With at least 318 yards on the ground in each of their last five games and a whopping 34 rushing touchdowns on the season, the Irish are in an undeniable rhythm. That's the same place they were in last week, with several teams leapfrogging them. In his two games there since, Patterson has lost two heartbreakers by a combined four points, so he will be looking to exact a score against the Sooners. A week after scoring 55 points on Ohio State, 6-3 Iowa managed just 66 total yards in Madison. The victor will be in the playoff. If you're not watching this game right at 8 P.M., choosing instead to start with the matchup in South Beach, you'll have changed the channel soon enough.

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