While Miami finally started building its playoff profile last week, Wisconsin, now the beleaguered Big Ten's best playoff candidate, can begin to craft a top-four-worthy résumé this week against No. 20 Iowa, which entered the rankings after its historic beating of Ohio State.
Notre Dame (8-1): The Fighting Irish will nearly certainly be in if they win out, and their case would be strengthened if Georgia (which dealt Notre Dame its only loss) continues to stay undefeated. Auburn, which is still in the hunt for the SEC West title, goes against a Georgia team trying to maintain its grip on the CFP's top spot. However, they'd still have to sweat out Selection Sunday.
TCU (8-1): The Horned Frogs are in basically the same boat as Oklahoma, whom they play on Saturday.
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Miami, even at home, has a daunting chore as Notre Dame (8-1) brings a powerful running game, No. 3 in the nation, that travels in any weather. A pair of undefeated teams, Miami and Wisconsin are #7 and #8.
Auburn (7-2): Yes, Auburn can still make the playoff with two losses. For starters, Notre Dame needs to lose a game.
The biggest obstacle for both Miami and Wisconsin, other than the SEC tandem at the top, looks to be Oklahoma. It didn't take more than one season to prove that the best team in the country might not be one of the top two finishers in the polls.
The Badgers are guaranteed to jump at least two positions if they win, with four of the teams directly above them playing each other.
So that's how it breaks down heading into Week 11.