Although Miami can record its best win of the season this week against No. 3 Notre Dame, so can TCU, which visits No. 5 Oklahoma. Though it's not a true "playoff" in that every game's loser would definitely be eliminated from title contention, we'll certainly see more clarity in the playoff race after Saturday.
The best week of college football this this side of the playoff is upon us. The Wildcats are favored to win out, and Wisconsin is pulling for them.
At Georgia, Mel Tucker's defense gives up fewer than 12 points a game. Wisconsin desperately needs a top-shelf win there, or a flawless season in a Power 5 league still might not be enough to make the playoff.
Notre Dame (8-1): The Fighting Irish will nearly certainly be in if they win out, and their case would be strengthened if Georgia (which dealt Notre Dame its only loss) continues to stay undefeated. Clemson can clinch its division by beating Florida State on Saturday. They play at the same time, so have the remote ready. However, they'd still have to sweat out Selection Sunday. No 15 Oklahoma State battles No. 21 Iowa State (noon). The Sooners host unsafe TCU (8-1) and the scoreboard will be lit as the Sooners average 45.0 points a game and the Horned Frogs average 35.8.
With change expected in the rankings after Week 11, the victor of the Michigan State-Ohio State game still has something to play for as well outside of Big Ten East supremacy. Is Michigan State, which upended Penn State, that good?
It's not out of the realm of possibility that a two-loss team makes the playoff. But the Tigers will need a lot of help even if they beat Georgia twice and Alabama once to win the SEC championship.
These two games also feature two Heisman Trophy contenders in Adams for Notre Dame and quarterback Baker Mayfield for Oklahoma.
The biggest obstacle for both Miami and Wisconsin, other than the SEC tandem at the top, looks to be Oklahoma.
The final playoff rankings will be released in less than a month, and every team is still fighting for a chance to secure their spot in the top 4.
The No. 1 ranked team in the country is going to have a tough test this week.
So that's how it breaks down heading into Week 11.
I'll take your questions on that or anything else on your mind beginning at 10 a.m.