Projected College Football Playoff rankings (Week 14)

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Five days from now, the College Football Playoff committee will reveal its final rankings. On Tuesday night, the 13-person group will divulge its penultimate list — a stopgap that will only momentarily quell fans’ hunger before the biggest weekend of the season.

Every conference will hold a championship game in Week 14. The slate features four contests that pit two AP top 10 teams against each other: Auburn-Georgia, Oklahoma-TCU, Clemson-Miami and Wisconsin-Ohio State will all have a direct effect on the playoff field, making those games must-see TV.

Here’s a closer look at what to expect from the committee on Tuesday:

Dropped out: Boise State (previously No. 23) and South Carolina (No. 24)

25. Fresno State +
24. N.C. State +
23. Mississippi State

Nick Fitzgerald is out for the season and coach Dan Mullen has already skipped town, so it’s safe to say MSU wouldn’t be anywhere near the the Top 25 in a true power ranking. But the committee needs to keep the Bulldogs around to help boost both Alabama’s and Auburn’s résumés, so you can rest assure they won’t drop out on Tuesday night.

22. Virginia Tech +
21. Washington State
20. Northwestern +
19. Memphis +
18. Oklahoma State +
17. Michigan State
16. LSU +

A surprisingly pass-heavy win against Texas A&M showed off a new dimension of the Tigers’ weaponry. It’s doubtful Danny Etling has another 347-yard passing game in him, but LSU should have a strong chance of jumping Michigan State after its impressive performance.

15. Notre Dame
14. UCF +
13. Washington +
12. Stanford +
11. USC 
10. TCU +
9. Penn State +
8. Miami
7. Ohio State +
6. Georgia +
5. Alabama

Nick Saban’s team is in strong position to snare a spot in the College Football Playoff field. ‘Bama just needs a tiny ounce of chaos this Saturday — most likely a win by Ohio State over Wisconsin — to potentially gain entry into the top 4. Whether ‘Bama gets in or not, the ensuing debate is destined to rage well into the offseason.

4. Wisconsin +

The Badgers have just a single Top 25 win on their 2017 résumé (Northwestern). They’ve been bashed all season for a weak schedule, but they’re currently just one win from locking up a playoff spot. Wisconsin is a 5.5-point underdog to Ohio State in Indianapolis.

3. Auburn +

Defeating the No. 1 team in the country twice in one month is enough to slip past undefeated Wisconsin. Both of Auburn’s losses came against ranked teams (Clemson and LSU), while Wisconsin has only played one ranked team all season. Arguing over No. 3 and No. 4 is a little pointless, though, because both teams need to notch top 10 wins this weekend to stay alive.

2. Oklahoma +

Baker Mayfield and the Sooners are playing an elite brand of offensive football. But what about the “D”? Oklahoma just gave up 31 points to a West Virginia team playing without its star quarterback and has surrendered 30-plus points in five different games.

1. Clemson +

Thanks to an ugly loss to unranked Syracuse, the Tigers are likely out of the playoff picture if they fall to Miami on Saturday. But Dabo Swinney’s squad opened as a 9.5-point favorite against the ‘Canes and fully expects to make a third consecutive College Football Playoff appearance.

What are your predictions for the fourth College Football Playoff rankings of the season? Let us know in the comments section below.

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