There's still room for the chaos factor in the final week of the season, however. Minnesota dropped from No. 9 to No. 15 following the loss to Wisconsin - a game that decided the Big Ten West. J.K. Dobbins ran for four touchdowns and Justin Fields threw four TD passes. In fact, every team in the top four won by at least 29 points.
No. 3 Clemson won its 27th straight and finished its second consecutive 12-0 regular season with a 38-3 victory over rival SC. The Tigers had 527 yards of offense to South Carolina's 174 with Trevor Lawrence throwing for 295 yards and leading the team in rushing with 66 on the ground as well. That is a shadow that looms over the other contenders. The Bulldogs put a 50-burger on the Bees, beating Georgia Tech 52-7.
College Football Playoff: Three to watch5. OR will be a test, but the Utes' methodical offense and tough defense continue to resonate since the USC loss. Alabama lost to Clemson in last year's national championship game.
Let the argument with the Pac-12 begin.
Oklahoma is hanging around for that fourth spot, too, but will have to beat Baylor for a second time, this time in the Big 12 title game, to have a chance. That would set up an interesting argument with a potential one-loss Pac-12 champion Utah, though the Sooners would rather OR beat the Utes to render that point moot.
Kansas State also has four losses but owns a win over Oklahoma.
Ohio State football has hit the trifecta. Would Oklahoma's brand lead to a last-minute leapfrog into the Playoff?
Oklahoma and Baylor, both 11-1, will meet in next weekend's Big 12 title game. Baylor, which crushed Kansas on Saturday, moved up from No. 11 to No. 8 in the rankings. The loss is Alabama's second of the season, likely eliminating the nation's fifth ranked team from the race for this year's College Football Playoff.
LSU's victory over Alabama leaves the Tigers undefeated, with Alabama at one loss alongside Georgia with one loss. The Sugar Bowl wouldn't be a bad consolation prize.