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College Football Playoff: Predicting the fourth set of rankings


After years in the making, we'll see yet another glimpse of the College Football Playoff selection committee in action Tuesday night, when it releases its fourth set of top 25 rankings.

Fresh off a thrilling Week 12 and a number of upsets, here are a few guesses for who will make the committee's top four and who will be left wondering what they have to do to move up. Keep in mind, this is a look at the playoff picture right now and not a projection of wins and losses the rest of the season.

No. 1 seed: Oregon

No. 2 seed: Alabama

No. 3 seed: Florida State

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No. 4 seed: Mississippi State

In the hunt

» TCU: That Kansas game could haunt the Horned Frogs' title hopes, but the committee might overlook the performance more than most. It's still enough to drop them out of the top four, but the team's title hopes are not done yet.

» Baylor: One doesn't get wins during bye weeks, but that might just have happened for the Bears with TCU struggling against lowly Kansas and a number of other teams getting picked off. It would be very helpful if Oklahoma moves back into the rankings after beating Texas Tech, too.

» Ohio State: No team is playing as well as the Buckeyes right now, and a road win over a then-top 25 opponent should help their perception. Added bonus could be that Wisconsin ends up in the top 10 before their Big Ten title game matchup.

» UCLA:Don't look now, but the Bruins have quietly become fringe contenders for the playoff. They have a chance to win the most competitive division in college football, the Pac-12 South and can avenge their loss to Oregon by beating the Ducks in the conference title game. The only two-loss team in front of them is Ole Miss, and the Rebels still have Mississippi State ahead of them and might not even win their own division.

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