In case you somehow missed, Louisville was smoked by the Houston Cougars on Thursday night, handing them their second loss of the season and kicking them firmly out of the playoff picture. Yet having two losses may not preclude a team from making the playoff this season. Who may that team be after Week 12? You'll have to scroll to the bottom of this college football playoff projections list to find out!

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Despite the fact that they trailed after the first quarter, Alabama had little problem taking care of FCS Chattanooga during Week 12. The game was a glorified tuneup for their rivalry game in the Iron Bowl against Auburn this week.

Auburn is no longer playing for the playoff, but in the zany world of college Football, they would love to pound the ball down Alabama's throats and try to kick them out of the playoff picture (note: a loss wouldn't eliminate Alabama).

2. Clemson Tigers

Clemson won the ACC Atlantic in Week 12 with a relatively simple win over Wake Forest. There wasn't much flash or prestige surrounding the game and there didn't need to be - Clemson simply wanted to take care of business and move on. They have their own college football rivalry to deal with this week, albeit against the hapless South Carolina Gamecocks. A loss would spell playoff doom not only for Clemson, but for the ACC as a whole.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes

And speaking of college football rivalries, the biggest of them all, "The Big Game," may have the most at stake this weekend when the Buckeyes take on the Michigan Wolverines, with the winner all but assured of a playoff spot. The Buckeyes didn't make it easy for themselves in Week 12, needing a stop on a two-point conversion to top Michigan State; still, they should be able to win a close one against the Wolverines.

4. Oklahoma Sooners

The one big change in the college football playoff projections after Week 12 was the replacement of the Pac-12 champs in Washington with the likely Big 12 champs in Oklahoma. The Sooners dominated West Virginia to ensure they'll play for a conference title against their in-state rivals this week.

As far as the scrutinization of resumes, Oklahoma played a more challenging slate in the non-conference than Washington -- simple as that.

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