Ohio State, LSU, Alabama all have reasons to be happy

Dabo Swinney is looking for his fifth consecutive appearance in the College Football Playoffs and third national championship in the last four years

The Ducks are one of five FBS teams (Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State) to rank in the top 15 nationally in both scoring defense (15.8/10th) and scoring offense (38.2/15th).

How can Minnesota upset Penn State football? Alabama and LSU link up for a top-four showdown.

No. 1 LSU (No. 2 College Football Playoff ) at No. 2 Alabama (No. 3 CFP): LSU (8-0, 4-0 SEC) is trying to end an eight-game skid in this annual series as Alabama (8-0, 5-0) seeks its 32nd straight home victory.

In actuality, the nine teams ranked ahead of the Gators are the most likely to take the four spots in the playoff, though the Bears and Golden Gophers would certainly be chosen if they get through their respective schedules undefeated. Their fans might be ticked about being ranked behind six two-loss teams, namely Florida (10), Auburn (11), Wisconsin (13), MI (14), Notre Dame (15) and Kansas State (16).

The semifinals will be held this season at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, and the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on December 28.

"I think it's for the fans", Ohio State coach Ryan Day told reporters Tuesday, before the rankings were announced. "You look across Penn State's been very consistent". With wins over two Top-25 teams in Iowa and MI, the Nittany Lions are surely no joke. Moving forward, Penn State will face another handful of tough teams. The defending champions are not even in the top 4 and they are unbeaten as well.

It is obvious when you compare the résumés of Clemson and No. 3 Alabama. Baylor (8-0) 13. Wisconsin (6-2) 14. Kansas State (6-2) and Oklahoma State (6-Three) are Nos. Check out the latest Week 11 college football odds below, and then visit SportsLine to see which teams win and cover the spread, all from a proven computer model that has returned over $4,000 in profit over the past four seasons. "What matters is where we're at once we're done with the regular season".

The Tigers come into this matchup as a 34-point favorite, courtesy of the Action Network, and they'll be looking to cover that massive spread on national television Saturday night.

After all, Clemson is on a 24-game winning streak and is the victor of two of the past three CFP national titles, yet the Tigers are outside of the top four. I know this: "There are only seven undefeated teams left and we are one of them".

Interestingly enough, Texas A&M's fate may help the case of both Alabama and Clemson.

Now, can they keep that going in the coming weeks?

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