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How to break down the College Football Playoff pecking order

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We're almost at the halfway point of the season, the time of year when the top teams in the country start to separate by rising to the top of their conference standings. Clemson has emerged as the clear frontrunner to win the ACC, Washington has proven to be the team to beat in the Pac-12, and Alabama is still ... Alabama. In the Big Ten, the Ohio State-Michigan game can't get here soon enough, and the Big 12 is simply playing from behind, once again depending upon a backloaded league schedule to impress the selection committee when it matters most. In the Group of 5, Houston's top four dreams were shattered on Saturday with an American Athletic Conference West Division loss to Navy. Conference play has that effect, as teams knock each other out of the postseason picture and undefeated ranked teams -- gasp! -- lose. There are still 11 undefeated teams remaining, including nine from the Power 5 conferences. At this point last year, there were 16...
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