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Playoff implications on the line in handful of games this weekend

Tribune News Service logo Tribune News Service 11/10/2017 By Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel
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Check out the top college football five games to watch Saturday.

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No. 1 Georgia (9-0, 6-0 SEC) at No. 10 Auburn (7-2, 5-1)

Saturday, 3:30 p.m. - CBS

a football player running on a field: Georgia running back Nick Chubb (27) runs for a first down deep in South Carolina territory at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., on November 4, 2017. © Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS Georgia running back Nick Chubb (27) runs for a first down deep in South Carolina territory at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., on November 4, 2017.

The Buzz: Now that Georgia has wrapped up the SEC East, coach Kirby Smart can turn his attention to a possible spot in the College Football Playoff semifinals. Staying undefeated could be a challenge this week, with the Bulldogs facing a very good Auburn team that is looking for a little revenge after last season's 13-7 upset loss to Georgia that effectively ended the Tigers' run at the playoff. Gus Malzahn's team still has a chance to win the SEC West, but Auburn will need to topple the Bulldogs this weekend and upend No. 2 Alabama in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 25.

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Iowa (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) at No. 8 Wisconsin (9-0, 6-0)

Saturday, 3:30 p.m. - ABC

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. The Big Ten may not have a team in the College Football Playoff for the first time since it started in 2014. No. 6 Wisconsin, the leader in the West Division, is 9-0 and still very much a playoff contender. But the playoff selection committee has the Badgers ranked eighth because of a resume light on marquee victories. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File) © (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. The Big Ten may not have a team in the College Football Playoff for the first time since it started in 2014. No. 6 Wisconsin, the leader in the West Division, is 9-0 and still very much a playoff contender. But the playoff selection committee has the Badgers ranked eighth because of a resume light on marquee victories. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

The Buzz: Wisconsin has quickly become the Obi Wan Kenobi of the Big Ten: the only hope for the conference when it comes to getting a team into the College Football Playoff semifinals. But the selection committee isn't impressed with the Badgers' schedule to date. A win Saturday over Iowa would not only wrap up the West title, but give Wisconsin a much-needed boost to its resume. The Hawkeyes, meanwhile, are looking to knock off ranked teams in back-to-back games for the first time since 2004.

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No. 2 Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC) at No. 16 Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2)

Saturday, 7 p.m. - ESPN

Oct 7, 2017; College Station, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban looks on during a game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. © Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Oct 7, 2017; College Station, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban looks on during a game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field.

The Buzz: Alabama comes into this week's matchup with the Bulldogs battered and bruised after losing linebackers Shaun Dion Hamilton (knee) and Mack Wilson (foot) to injuries. The position was already thin with the early season losses of Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis, but coach Nick Saban stressed this week it provides opportunities for some of his younger players. Meanwhile, Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald continues to impress. The dual-threat quarterback is third in the SEC in total offense (2,260 yards) and extended his 100-yard rushing streak to four games.

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No. 3 Notre Dame (8-1) at No. 7 Miami (8-0, 6-0 ACC)

Saturday, 8 p.m. - ABC

Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush (7) in action during the first half of an NCAA college football game against North Carolina State, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in South Bend, Ind. © Darron Cummings/AP Photo Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush (7) in action during the first half of an NCAA college football game against North Carolina State, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in South Bend, Ind.

The Buzz: This is the most meaningful game in this series since 1990, when second-ranked Miami lost a hard-fought contest to No. 6 Notre Dame by a score of 29-20 in South Bend. ESPN's College GameDay is making its first appearance in Coral Gables since 2001. Both of these defenses have excelled in forcing mistakes and creating turnovers. Twelve of Miami's 20 takeaways this season have come during the past three games, while Notre Dame hasn't turned the ball over in more than a month (Oct. 7). While the game has no impact on Miami's chances of clinching the ACC Coastal, the Hurricanes could still wind up with their first division crown if Louisville can beat Virginia this weekend.

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No. 6 TCU (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) at No. 5 Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1)

Saturday, 8 p.m. - FOX

a group of football players on the field: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks for a receiver against Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on October 14, 2017. © Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks for a receiver against Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on October 14, 2017.

The Buzz: The top two teams in the Big 12 hook up with not only conference but playoff implications on the line. Oklahoma has won five out of the past six meetings, but the last six games have been decided by an average of five or fewer points. This showdown features the conference's top offense in Oklahoma (608 yards per game) against its best defense in TCU (284.1 yards per game). The Horned Frogs have held opponents to 10 points or less five times so far this season. Oklahoma, meanwhile, hasn't been held to under 20 points in a game since the 2015 Orange Bowl.

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