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Nov 25, 2017; Columbia, SC; Clemson Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant (2) and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) and defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) celebrate a Renfrow touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Fifth College Football Playoff Poll Released Tonight

Moving onto Week 15 in college football, the playoff selection committee will release their fifth poll tonight. This will be the last poll they release before the final playoff selection show on December 3rd. Expect the playoff picture to look differently from this fourth poll released last week.

Playoff Potential Movers

December 3rd is less than a week away. With the playoff selection show coming up, tonight’s poll gets closer to who will get a coveted playoff spot. The top 4 will undeniably change following last weekend’s action.

Following Alabama’s 26-14 loss to Auburn, there will be a new No. 1 tonight. But, that won’t be No. 2 Miami, who picked up a loss to unranked Pittsburgh this weekend as well.

Nov 25, 2017; Auburn, AL; Auburn Tigers quarterback Jarrett Stidham (8) celebrates his touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

There could likely be new faces in the top 4 then. The Clemson Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners both took care of business this weekend against South Carolina and West Virginia respectively. The Wisconsin Badgers (12-0) still remain one of the only two undefeated teams (UCF being the other). Auburn could jump into the top 4 following their victory in the Iron Bowl.

It is likely that the selection will have Clemson and Oklahoma as No. 1 & 2 tonight. Miami’s loss to an unranked opponent will be too costly and see them drop out of the top 4. The question remains whether Alabama (11-1) will drop out of the top 4 and whether Auburn (10-2) will be in tonight’s top 4 regardless of their 2 losses.

Conference Championship Matchups

This weekend some teams will have the opportunity to make their case for the playoffs – others will have to watch from home.

Nov 25, 2017; Auburn, AL; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban looks on during the first quarter against the Auburn Tigers. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Their loss to Auburn not only ruined their undefeated season but now Alabama will not get a chance to play in the SEC Conference Championship. The Crimson Tide will have to watch as Auburn and Georgia compete for the championship, and wait for this weekend’s results elsewhere for a chance to make the playoffs. Nonetheless, Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban still believes his team has a case for the playoffs, regardless of this upcoming weekend’s results.

Auburn and Georgia, however, will look to make the most of this spotlight. A win for either team would certainly boost their chances of getting a playoff spot. A loss would surely leave them out.

In the ACC, Miami’s loss, although to an unranked opponent, had no Championship implications. Therefore they will get a shot to make their case for a playoff spot again this weekend when they face the Clemson Tigers.

Oklahoma will look to retain their top-4 spot when they take on TCU in the Big 12 Championship game. In the Big 10, Wisconsin will try to stay undefeated as they take on an Ohio State team that is looking to squeak into the playoff picture again.

While tonight’s playoff poll is a step closer to the final top 4, there is still plenty of movement that can happen this weekend.

When and Where

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You can watch the fifth College Football Playoff Poll release tonight on ESPN at 7 PM EST.

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