The Top 5 Heading Into The Weekend

Rachel Hardy
November 13, 2017

The Sooners' trio of wins against Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and TCU is the most impressive of any team. Coming hot off the heels of last week's record-tying six top-25 matchups, three top-10 matchups with enormous College Football Playoff implications loom large in Week 11. The Notre Dame versus Miami showdown starts at 8 p.m. But about the game, this is the Hurricanes' chance to prove to the doubters and committee that Miami should be in the playoff hunt. Wisconsin has more to lose than to gain compared to the Hawkeyes, who don't have that much to play for. That Week 2 win over Auburn looks better and better all the time.

Four years after the "Prayer at Jordan-Hare", this remains one of the premier SEC East-SEC West games on the college football schedule, and with good reason. Only a superhuman performance from Jameis Winston in the BCS Championship game kept Auburn from the title in 2013. Now, the challenge for Mark Richt will be not to lose focus the next two weeks against Virginia and Pittsburgh. If the Tigers can knock off Alabama and then take care of UGA again in the conference title game, they will have a great case for the top four.

Auburn, with wins in its final two regular-season games and in the SEC Championship game over Georgia, will get in.

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Miami has the nation's longest winning streak at 13 games, and has not lost since falling to Notre Dame last season. Both rushed for a combine of 1,577 yards and 18 touchdowns. That's the same place they were in last week, with several teams leapfrogging them. But there is something about these TCU Horned Frogs that makes them one of the toughest outs in college football year after year.

Arguably the most exciting game of the week because of the history of the two rivals.

Contenders: Too much cannibalism in this conference; Washington, Washington State and USC each have two losses, despite just one head-to-head matchup among the three teams so far. Because look what's going to happen. Baker Mayfield may have sewn up the Heisman Trophy race in the win. The victor of this showdown will be sitting pretty in the eyes of the College Football Playoff Committee heading into the homestretch of the regular season, while the loser will be effectively eliminated from contention. It's all lining up in the right direction for the Sooners.

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