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Betting College Football Fading the College Football Playoff rankings and three picks for Week 10

Betting College Football Fading the College Football Playoff rankings and three picks for Week 10

Unsurprisingly, Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and MI made up the top four this week, with Georgia and the Sooners falling in line behind that group.

Georgia, which secured a spot in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama with a win over Kentucky during weekend, moves up a spot to No. 5 in this week's rankings.

The playoff picture cleared up after a weekend where several contenders asserted themselves. If they win outright, and one of the teams in front of them loses, Oklahoma might be able to sneak into the top four. LSU stumbled from No. 3 to No. 7 after being shut out at home against the dominant Crimson Tide.

One of those was LSU, which checked in at No. 4 in the initial CFP rankings, but tumbled down three spots to No. 7 following a loss to No. 1 Alabama. The conference saw just two teams - Washington State and Utah - find their way into the first playoff rankings Tuesday and it will likely be down to one team after the Utes suffered a double-digit loss to USC. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Georgia's two best wins are against No. 11 Kentucky and No. 15 Florida.

Kirby Smart told reporters in his weekly press conference he couldn't care where his team is ranked at the moment.

Important to the Hawks is where the other Big Ten teams fell within the rankings.

Let's say that would happen and one-loss West Virginia beats Oklahoma on the final weekend of the regular season. The Buckeyes would face No. 8 Washington State, the projected Pac-12 champ. Alabama held LSU scoreless for the second time in three meetings, earning an SEC West Division title and another SEC title game bid. So both teams have one loss, but West Virginia has the best win, the best loss, and it has played the more hard schedule.

The weather did the Mountaineers no favor by forcing the cancellation of West Virginia's game at North Carolina State in September. Not bad. To get to 11-1 and a Big 12 title could mean two victories over Oklahoma in consecutive weekends.

Mississippi State, Alabama's opponent this week, is ranked No. 16.