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15 matchups are slated for Black Friday, including Oklahoma at West Virginia, Washington at Washington State and Nebraska at Iowa. But these games are also the most exciting and meaningful games of the season to the players, coaches and fan bases, as rivalry games bring out the greatest emotions, energy and effort. Ball State travels to Oxford to take on Miami (Ohio) and Western Michigan hosts Northern Illinois.

And yet, salvation may await. If Texas wins, it will face the victor of No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 13 West Virginia. No. 4 MI (-4), meanwhile, needs a victory at the Big House against No. 10 Ohio State to keep its Big Ten and College Football Playoff hopes alive. At that point Notre Dame would likely reach the playoff no matter what it does against Southern California this weekend.

It would be unlikely in a normal year, but this is not a normal year.

But a Group of Five team with those types of nonconference victories, plus a strong conference record and league title, would have a chance to make the final four.

Clemson welcomes SC (6-4) to the Upstate a week after demolishing Duke, 35-6.

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Syracuse fell eight spots to No. 20 after losing to Notre Dame. And No. 6 Oklahoma (-1.5) vs.

Pause here for a moment.

Beat Washington and Utah to finish 12-1 and Pac-12 champs: Like Oklahoma, Wazzu would need lots of help from the teams ahead of it and has no margin for error.

After Saturday, Notre Dame has no more scheduled games. Boise State 24. Pittsburgh 25. And Alabama and Georgia will contest the Southeastern Conference title in Atlanta. Of course a two-loss Georgia team and two-loss LSU team would give the committee fits as well.

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