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LSU Has a Good Shot to CFP, But Has to Win Out!

Up to No. 6 after barely sneaking past Arkansas, the Tigers are the only two-loss team still in playoff contention and a genuine contender for the semifinals in Brian Kelly’s first season. The path into the top four is easy to explain but would be very difficult to pull off: LSU has to beat Alabama-Birmingham and Texas A&M in November — pretty much a guarantee unless the Aggies somehow discover a pulse — and then upset Georgia in the SEC championship game. Down the line, a win against the Bulldogs might force the committee to decide between the Tigers and the Volunteers.

Tennessee and LSU are among the biggest winners of the third College Football Playoff rankings.