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The playoff field has narrowed and others are fighting for survival in their conference races. Can Ohio State pick up a signature win over Michigan State or will Baylor hand Oklahoma State their first loss?
With Stanford and Baylor losing, the playoff field continues to narrow to a group of college football's blue bloods.
Most of the action is out west this week, whether the literal west in Oregon-Stanford or just in the SEC West with Alabama-Mississippi State and LSU-Arkansas.
Three of the top four teams confirmed their place in the college football hierarchy, but none benefitted more than Clemson, Oklahoma State, and Alabama.
Two packs of Tigers are in the first College Football Playoff top four rankings of the season, and both Clemson and LSU have big tests this week.
There were plenty of closer-than-expected matchups last weekend, but only a few actual upsets, as the top of the college football pantheon remained unchanged.
It may not be flashy, but this week should have a lot of competitive games with home underdogs -- and a few opportunities for upsets.
With two games that needed four overtimes to decide, and another two undefeated teams picking up their first losses, Week 8 was one of the wildest of the 2015 college football season.
There aren't many big headliner games this weekend, but plenty of possible shootouts and upsets.
The Michigan State upset is the headliner, but this week's action let us take stock of where the top playoff contenders are a little more than halfway through the season.