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Alabama shakes things,

Alabama used an opportunistic defense and another standout performance from Amari Cooper to knock off previously unbeaten Mississippi State 25-20 Saturday.  The Tide intercepted State Quarterback Dak Prescott three times, all in Alabama territory, to thwart Bulldog drives.   Cooper provided the spark on offense, as the leading receiver in the country shined again, hauling in eight catches for 88 yards and one TD.   The win by Alabama will drop the Bulldogs out of the top spot in the College Football Playoff poll.

This last weekend four teams that had hopes to be in the playoff saw those hopes dashed, including Duke, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Auburn, leaving 15 teams with some shot of making the College Football Playoff.  Below is a list of the hopefuls, their remaining schedules, and how I think they’ll finish.

  • FLORIDA STATE   10-0   Games left……Home versus Boston College and Florida.    ACC Championship game    (13-0)
  • ALABAMA   9-1   Games left……Home versus Western Carolina and Auburn.   SEC Championship game   (12-1)
  • MISSISSIPPI STATE   9-1   Games left……Home versus Vanderbilt, away at Mississippi.   (10-2)
  • OREGON   9-1   Games left……Home versus Colorado, away at Oregon State.   PAC 12 Championship game   (12-1)
  • OHIO STATE   9-1   Games left……Home versus Indiana and Michigan.   Big 10 Championship game   (12-1)
  • TCU   9-1   Games left……Away at Texas, home versus Iowa State.   (11-1)
  • BAYLOR   8-1   Games left……Home versus Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Kansas State,   (11-1)
  • MISSISSIPPI   8-2   Games left……At Arkansas, home versus Mississippi State.   (9-3)
  • GEORGIA   8-2   Games left……Home versus Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech.   SEC Championship game  (10-3)
  • MISSOURI   8-2   Games left……At Tennessee, home versus Arkansas.   (9-3)
  • MICHIGAN STATE   8-2   Games left……Home versus Rutgers, away at Penn State.   (10-2)
  • WISCONSIN   8-2   Games left……At Iowa, home versus Minnesota.   Big 10 Championship game.   (10-3)
  • UCLA   8-2   Games left……Home versus USC and Stanford.   (9-3)
  • ARIZONA   8-2   Games left……Away at Utah, home versus Arizona State.   (9-3)
  • ARIZONA STATE 8-2   Games left……Home versus Washington State, away at Arizona.   (9-3)



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