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Only 10 schools still have a legit shot to make the College Football Playoff

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The College Football Playoff is rapidly approaching, and while we don't quite have a handle on who will make the four-team slate, the field of potential contenders is dwindling. The committee is set to release its third College Football Playoff rankings of the season Tuesday night, and major losses from the undefeated Minnesota Golden Gophers and Baylor Bears may have further narrowed down the field. As of now, LSU, Clemson, and Ohio State appear to have a solid hold on playoff spots, but a handful of strong one-loss squads are still very much alive and vying for a bid. Check out where the last 10 contenders stand heading into Week 13 of the season. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. 10. Minnesota Golden Gophers Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Record (AP rank): 9-1 (11)

Last week's result: Lost to Iowa 19-23

Last week's playoff rank: 8

Key games remaining: Wisconsin at home, Big Ten title game

The outlook: Fresh off of a 31-26 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions, the Golden Gophers marched into Kinnick Stadium and walked out with their first loss of the season. A blemished record certainly hinders Minnesota's chances of breaking into the playoff, but a win against the No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers and a Big Ten championship win — likely over Ohio State — could be enough to seal the deal.



9. Penn State Nittany Lions AP Photo/Matthew Putney

Record (AP rank): 9-1 (9)

Last week's result: Beat Indiana 34-27

Last week's playoff rank: 9

Key games remaining: Ohio State on the road, Big Ten title game

The outlook: The Nittany Lions took a major hit when they lost to the then-undefeated Minnesota Golden Gophers two weeks ago, but they still have a chance to snag a spot in the playoff. Penn State's only compelling claim would involve running the table — including taking down the Ohio State Buckeye juggernaut at the Horseshoe this weekend — and exacting revenge against Minnesota in the Big Ten championship game. Even then, the best of the Pac-12 and Big 12 may have better cases for the final spot.



8. Alabama Crimson Tide Associated Press

Record (AP rank): 9-1 (5)

Last week's result: 38-7

Last week's playoff rank: 5

Key games remaining: Auburn on the road, SEC title game

The outlook: A College Football Playoff without Alabama is impossible to imagine simply because it is unprecedented; the Crimson Tide have competed in every College Football Playoff since its inaugural year in 2015. Though Alabama still has a shot, the loss of star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa due to injury doesn't help the cause. LSU more than likely needs to win out for the Crimson Tide to have a shot at the fourth spot, but even so, former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts and his Oklahoma Sooners or a one-loss Pac-12 champion may have a stronger case to earn the final ticket.




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