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After Week 12, the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings remained the same. And while that made sense, he had no answer for why two-loss Oklahoma, which also has zero wins against ranked teams, should be five spots higher.

Speaking of that Ohio State-Michigan faceoff, the Buckeyes and Wolverines will battle it out as top three opponents for only the second time in their illustrious history.

Here's the thing, though: Hocutt is going to deflect those questions over and over, as often as they're asked, and he should.

Given Ohio State already has a large lead on Penn State, it's also important to consider that the Buckeyes have a chance to enhance its already-impressive resume with a win over MI.

Yet the Pac-12 has played six nonconference games against Top 25 teams and lost all six, including two to No. 20 Boise State, denting the case for its general strength.

The Sooners and Cowboys are off until playing a Bedlam game on December 3 in Norman. He's been joined by Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who suggested it ought to be seen as a win, too.

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Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates with the college football championship trophy after beating the Oregon Ducks in the 2015 CFP National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. All we can do something about is that. The other contenders have to conclude things on the road.

Heading the weekend fixtures, Penn State is on a seven-game winning streak, while Wisconsin is on a five-game winning streak. The 2016 season has stomped a Stone Cold mudhole in the idea that the BCS was even a pretty good idea, less yet the system we needed. A similar weekend could benefit both OU and OSU. Also ranked for the Pac-12 was No. 9 Colorado, No. 12 USC, No. 23 Washington State and No. 24 Stanford. 7 distinction might carry a strand of East-Central bias, even if Wisconsin (8-2) did lose by only 14-7 at MI and only 30-23 in overtime to Ohio State. And, to those who still think that a Big Ten champion Penn State would jump Ohio State, I would just like to point this out: right now, Ohio State's resume is far better than Penn State's. Remember back to the second week of the season, when Central Michigan downed the Cowboys on a play that never should've happened. If Washington were to stumble and Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin were to all have two losses, the Sooners would be one of the finalists for the last spot in the playoff. At 9-2, the Huskers need help to win the Big Ten West. Jake Browning and Co. rebounded from a loss against a hot USC team with a dominating performance against Arizona State in Week 11.

Utah at Colorado (6:30 p.m. Saturday, FOX23): Colorado has placed itself in good position to play the Apple Cup victor in the Pac-12 championship game and - again the common theme - an opportunity for a 13th data point and a league title. (For that to happen, Colorado must lose to Utah on Saturday.) Regardless of the Trojans' postseason fate, Helton is most certainly secure for the near future.

The BCS arrived on the scene and nearly immediately drew the ire of fans and the media for it's method of ranking and grim prospects for teams changing their lot in the rankings life through the course of a season. Colorado is a team to watch.

It's hard to believe people actually believed introducing the College Football Playoff system two years ago would water down the regular season.


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